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Krzysztof Jablonski, DMus

Sessional Faculty - Piano
Classical Music Coordinator

Biography

Krzysztof Jablonski is Laureate of the F. Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1985, as well as numerous top prizes at international piano competitions in Milan, Palm Beach, Monza, Dublin, New York, Calgary, as well as Gold Medal at the A. Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv.

For more than 35 years, Jablonski is active in performing solo, chamber music, and with orchestras on stages in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Israel in prestigious concert halls, including appearances on the Master Concert Series at Berliner Philharmonie. A frequent guest of many orchestras, he performed under the baton of A. Boreyko, J. Maksymiuk, V. Gergiev, J. Semkow, K. Penderecki, A. Wit, J. Krenz, J. Kaspszyk, G. Nowak, F. Brueggen, W. Bothe, Y. Tezuka, T. Shimono, and with prominent ensembles such as Orchestra of the 18th Century, Berner Symphonie-Orchester, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Duesseldorfer Symphoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker, Jenaer Philharmonie, Festival Orchestra of the Grand Teton Music Festival, Helsinki Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kirishima Festival Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. As a chamber music recitalist, he performed with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Arto Noras, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Teng Li - to name just a few. He is a member of "Warsaw Piano Quintet," which W. Szpilman first founded in 1962.

Jablonski's somewhat romantic nature was shaping his music taste and interests over the years. Besides the most famous works Jablonski has in his repertoire, he also plays some less known compositions such as Concertos by F. Riess, H. Litolff, E. Dohnanyi. He was invited to perform for ballet, opera, and theatre spectacles as well as spectacular, multi-discipline projects with multimedia presentations and lights such as Scriabin's "Prometheus" with Duesseldorfer Symphoniker, Ballet "Fortepianissimo" choreographed by Lorca Massine at the National Opera in Warsaw, original piano version of the Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande. He was invited to perform during the Wiener Opernball in Vienna, and the Vienna State Opera Ballet choreographed by Giorgio Madia. Jablonski also played for a crowd of thousands with Grant Park Orchestra and K. Urbanski at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in Chicago.

In February of 2013, Jablonski performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto with Maestro Valery Gergiev and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra during the fundraising event "Clean Baltic Sea Concert" in Helsinki. This performance was streamed live over the internet as well as recorded by Finnish Radio and TV.

2013 has also brought Jablonski to Japan to perform Beethoven's Concerto with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra following his successful appearances with Kirishima Festival Orchestra in 2012. In 2014, he played during the Kirishima Festival again, and in 2015, celebrating 30 years of his artistic career, he performed Chopin's Concerto No. 1 with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, he performed Chopin's E minor Concerto once more with Warsaw Philharmonic under Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk. Jablonski concluded the anniversary year performing Saint-Saëns' 2nd Piano Concerto in G minor with Warsaw Philharmonic under Patrick Fournillier in February of 2016.

He has made live recordings for radio and television in many countries and numerous CDs in Germany, Japan, and Poland. The F. Chopin National Institute recently invited him to record Chopin's complete works on modern and historical pianos. Two first CDs (Etudes) were released in 2016 and 2017, and more will come soon. Jablonski himself says it is his once-in-a-lifetime project, but he hopes to complete this work in 3-4 years.

Krzysztof Jablonski studied with Janina Butor and Prof. Andrzej Jasiński. He has participated in masterclasses with R. Kerer and N. Magaloff. He graduated with honors in 1987 from the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he later earned his Doctorate in 1996. He was a Professor at The F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw from 2004 to 2017. He is currently a piano faculty at the Mount Royal University - The Conservatory in Calgary and a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary. He has been a faculty member of the Morningside Music Bridge Program. He was also a Professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lethbridge during 2016-2017. In addition to academic responsibilities, he presents master classes, lectures. He is a jury member at international piano competitions, including Chopin Piano Competitions in Warsaw, Toronto (Chair of the Jury), Miami, Tokyo, and Foshan in China.

Jablonski made Calgary his home in 1998 after falling in love with the city and its people during the Esther Honens Competition in 1992.