From NOSPR, Katowice, Poland

From NOSPR, Katowice, Poland

On-Line Streaming, Friday, March 10th, 2017, 7:30 PM

NOSPR will perform under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz.
I will have a pleasure to join them for Piano Concerto No. 5 by Beethoven.
Symphony No. 3 in A Minor Op. 44 by S. Rachmaninoff will follow.

The streaming will be available on NOSPR's YouTube Channel as well as at www.nospr.org.pl website and through the Internet Player of the Polish Radio 2 Channel 

Beginning of the streaming:
7:30 PM local time in Poland.
11:30 AM MST (in Alberta, Canada)
1:30 PM EST
3:30 AM, Saturday, March 11th in Japan

Enjoy!

Touching surprise...

Touching surprise...

Krzysztof Nieborak, my close friend from school and wonderful guitarist himself, has surprised me today by posting this video on my Facebook. Krzysztof! Thank you! I didn't even remember I recorded this TV recital.

It was roughly 30 years ago. I was still 20 or maybe already 21-years old. Recorded by Polish Television. Mrs. Halina Pniewska and Mrs. Irena Sobierajska were my long time supporters and fans, and I did record a lot of music for TVP during those years. They are probably buried somewhere in TVP archives...

Krzysztof recorded it on a VHS Recorder at that time, and converted it now to make it usable again! What a journey to the past...

Before recital in Nagoya...

Before recital in Nagoya...

We all like when someone says something good about what we do, don't we? I just felt like that when this article was sent to me and translated... Thank you Masako Hirota-San! Arigato gozaimas!

Etudes Op. 10 & 25 - new CD now available

Etudes Op. 10 & 25 - new CD now available

My new CD, released by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Poland, is now available: 
Fryderyk Chopin, Etudes Op. 10 and 25.

Years of work and struggles, doubts, new ideas, improvements, and more... I feel deep satisfaction that I was able to "deliver" them once more, based on all the things I have learned and developed over years.

My thoughts are going to all those who influenced my growth over years, starting with my beloved Teacher - Janina Butor. It would not be possible without her. All the technical skills needed for attempting to comfortably play Chopin's Etudes I have learned under her direction. Further developed and improved under Prof. Andrzej Jasiński's guidance and finally, during many years of my own artistic work and teaching.

Thank you very much Dir. Stanislaw Leszczynski for convincing me to record them once more and for creating such an opportunity. Without your persistence and getting back to me so many times over last couple of years with the same question, this project would never happen again.

Thank you Gabriela Blicharz and Lech Dudzik for inspiring me and giving me strength as well as your constructive comments and suggestions during recording sessions! I always loved working with you and I love it even more now!

Thank you Mrs. Agnieszka Smektala for your care and all the work you did in order to coordinate things and making it work!

Thank you very much to all of you involved more or less in this work!

Additional info: NIFC Website - Catalogue

Available here: NIFC Online Store

YouTube: Krzysztof Jablonski. Etudes. Making of... (Polish language)

Listen to selected Etudes here

Yamaha Hall Recital - Tickets Available

Yamaha Hall Recital - Tickets Available

I am pleased to share this announcement! Tickets are now available.

No Chopin this time. Debussy's Children Corner, Ravel's Jeux d'eau and Gaspard de la Nuit for the first half of the program, Mussorgsky/Horowitz/Jablonski - Pictures at an Exhibition for the 2nd half.

For more info and for ticket purchase please visit Yamaha Hall Website: Yamaha Ginza

Chopin's Concerto with Quartet Amabile

On July 25th, 2016 I had a rare occasion and a great pleasure to perform Chopin's Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 with Quartet Amabile and Nobuhisa Hasegawa at the Kagoshima Citizens' Culture Hall (Second Hall) in addition to my solo portion of the evening.

It was a treat to have you all on stage! You played wonderfully! Big Bravo and thank you very much! 

The concert was part of The 37th Kirishima International Music Festival 2016/Kagoshima. We had full house and I was very happy about it!

Thank you JESC Music Foundation for such a brilliant idea! 

From left: Tatsuki Sasanuma (Cello), Meguna Naka (Viola), Chihiro Kitada (2nd Violin), Yuna Shinohara (1st Violin) , Kris Jablonski (Piano), Nobuhisa Hasegawa (Double Bass)

From left: Tatsuki Sasanuma (Cello), Meguna Naka (Viola), Chihiro Kitada (2nd Violin), Yuna Shinohara (1st Violin) , Kris Jablonski (Piano), Nobuhisa Hasegawa (Double Bass)

Concert flyer

Concert flyer

Concert flyer

Concert flyer

Born Again - as Kris Jablonski

Born Again - as Kris Jablonski

To Whom It May Concern

It becomes a reality: long-needed change of my name.

I admit I lost the battle... For more than 30 years I have used my name in its original Polish form and have no intention to do this anymore.

Among most bizarre, misspelled versions of my name are Knyn Jabtouslu, Yvlonisky Kashistov, Kushishutofu Yabuwonsuki, K. Jebfinsh, Krzyszfot Jablonski, K. Zabtonsky, Christoph Yablonsky and more.

It also happened so, that my name was written differently several times during the same event - Kshishtof Jablonski, Kjistof Yablonski and Kryzystof Jablonski. I have a large collection of photos of many of those "creative" versions of my names. The result being, the audience completely confused, unable to "google" me, unable to find me, and even worse - unable to memorize my name, saying "oh, that guy with strange name, can't remember...".

From now on I will use the name: KRIS JABLONSKI. Please spread the news. Thank you!

 

"Calgary's Grand Story" by Donald B. Smith

"Calgary's Grand Story" by Donald B. Smith

For my short recital program I am about to perform tonight during Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's Fundraising Event, I selected piano works by two great composers - Sergei Rachmaninoff and Fryderyk Chopin (Frederic Chopin). Not many Calgarians know that Rachmaninoff was performing here back in 1925 (just three months after Jasha Heifetz's performance) at the Grand Theatre, and that he stayed at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, where tonight's event is taking place. The Grand was the biggest theatre in the Pacific Northwest at the time and attracted well-known performers such as Sarah Bernhardt, Fred Astaire, Ethel Barrymore, the Marx Brothers, George Burns, Jasha Heifetz, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arthur Rubinstein, and Paul Robeson, among others.

F. Chopin belongs to my beloved composers too, and there will be two iconic compositions on the program: Etude C minor Op. 10/12, so called "Revolutionary", and Polonaise A flat Major Op. 53, so called "Heroic" - both belonging to the most recognizable piano repertoire pieces around the globe.

I just purchased a book, "Calgary's Grand Story" by Donald B. Smith, as I wanted to educate myself and get to know more about the history of the city that I made my home for the past 18 years. I am finding it extremely interesting! I also highly recommend this book to everyone willing to explore Calgary's history, as well as to all those individuals who keep asking me why I am living in Calgary since so many years, and not in New York, London or Paris etc. Calgary is the City on Prairies, yes, quite far from the largest cultural hubs, but it has its own rich history, and it is up to people who live and work here to keep it great and prevent it from being just a remote place in the Prairies, in the middle of nowhere...

I am glad to be part of the tonight's event and I hope to see music lovers enjoy this evening's performances and orchestra supporters help CPO to continue performing for Calgary audiences and bringing the best of the best into town.


About the Book: 

Calgary was a boomtown of 50,000 people in 1912, the year the Lougheed Building and the adjacent Grand Theatre were built. The fanfare and anticipation surrounding their opening marked the beginning of a golden era in the city's history. The Lougheed quickly became Calgary's premier corporate address, and the state-of-the-art Grand Theatre the hub of a thriving cultural community. Through the great days of Vaudeville and classic cinema, through the Depression, two world wars, and the oil and gas boom, the Lougheed and the Grand were cornerstones of downtown Calgary. As the city grew up around them, questions about their future arose. Did they still have a place in this new metropolis of shiny glass and steel? After they were nearly destroyed by fire in 2004, the push to restore and revitalize the buildings gained new momentum. From the viewpoint of these two prominent heritage buildings, Donald Smith introduces the reader to the personalities and events that helped shape Calgary in the twentieth century. Complemented by over 140 historical images, Calgary's Grand Story is a fascinating tribute to the Lougheed and the Grand and celebrates their unrivalled position in the city's political, economic, and cultural history.

About the Author(s): 

Donald B. Smith is professor emeritus of history at the University of Calgary. He has written extensively on Native history, as well as the history of Alberta and Calgary.

Unexpectedly Performing in Wrocław

Life is full of surprises. Up until 5:30 PM today I had no idea I will be heading to Wrocław, Poland, to perform Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto at the "Closing of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Season" concert tomorrow, June 3rd, 2016, replacing Richard Goode who could not perform. Maestro Benjamin Shwartz will be conducting.

 http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/2798

This is roughly on 26 hrs notice, and I made quick decision to come here from Katowice, where I wanted to attend Andrey Boreyko's performance with the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra and Ilya Gringolts as a soloist tonight, June 2nd. For the fifth time we will not see each other despite of many attempts made (twice in US, twice in Germany), including the latest one, where I decided to come to Katowice from Warsaw today, after Maestro told me that he will be so close. It didn't work again. I hope Maestro Boreyko will forgive me that disappearance... Interestingly, we both, Maestro Boreyko and I, did save another evening in Wrocław years ago, when both - conductor and soloist - could not perform. This in fact was how we met for the first time on stage. That one however was on slightly more than 48 hrs notice with Grieg's Piano Concerto on the program.

Well, here I am, accepting what life has just brought me...

There is something magical about the night time practicing in this extraordinary concert hall...

National Forum of Music, Main Hall, Wrocław, Poland

National Forum of Music, Main Hall, Wrocław, Poland

Performing for Krystian Zimerman

Performing for Krystian Zimerman

On October 8th, 2015, I had an honour of performing during the presentation of the title of an Honorary Doctor of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, to Maestro Krystian Zimerman - the Artist, whom I so much admire and who greatly influenced my artistic path. In 1975, I was just 10-years old, when Maestro became the First Prize Winner of the 9th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Amazed with his playing, I decided already then, that one day, I will be willing to follow his footsteps. 10 long years, powered by that dream, I was preparing for the 11th Edition of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where I finally won Third Prize and Bronze Medal in 1985. Over 30 years later, I was one of the two Professors reviewing in the process of awarding Maestro the Honorary Doctor title, and having a pleasure to perform during the Award Ceremony which happened to be a part of the Inauguration of the Academic Year 2015/2016.

What has happened on October 8th, 2015 was both emotional and deeply touching. In all my dreams, I wouldn't be able to imagine such an event - performing for Krystian Zimerman, having him sitting on stage of the F. Chopin University of Music, just behind my back, having so many distinguished guests in the concert hall of our University, and having so many pianists among listeners - including some of the Jury Members of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. My memories were incredibly alive again, bringing me back to all those years and moments. The feeling was a little similar to the one I remember from the competition back in 1985...