Zimerman – 'Youtube is destroying music' 05.06.2013 15:55 Top Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman interrupted a recital in Essen, Germany, on Monday, in protest against the illegal filming of the concert by a member of the audience.
“Will you stop filming,” he addressed a man in the balcony, and unable to concentrate, he walked off the stage. The award-winning pianist returned after a few minutes and explained his reaction to the audience saying that he’d lost many contracts after being told by producers that his performances are already available on Youtube. “Youtube is destroying music,” Zimerman said. His recital, a part of the Klavierfestival Ruhr, included works by the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. Irritated by the incident, Zimerman played no encores and failed to attend a post-concert reception. Zimerman’s spectacular career began in 1975 with the victory at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. He was 18 years old at the time.
Krystian Zimerman (born December 5, 1956) is a Polish classical pianist who has been hailed as one of the finest living pianists. Zimerman was born in Zabrze, Poland, and studied at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice under Andrzej Jasiński. His career was launched when he won the 1975 Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition. He performed with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan in 1976 and he made his debut in the United States with the New York Philharmonic in 1979. He has toured widely and made a number of recordings. Since 1996 he has taught piano at the Academy of Music in Basel, Switzerland.
Polish pianist Zimerman causes a stir 05.04.2016 17:37 World-famous Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman caused a sensation during his recital in the Italian town of Macerata earlier this week. Instead of performing on his own Steinway, as is his long-established custom, he decided to choose an old instrument he discovered backstage at the Teatro Lauro Rossi, the recital venue. Helped by piano tuner Antonino Rappoccio, with whom he has collaborated for six years, Zimerman dismantled the instrument, made the necessary adjustments, put it all back together and found it of sufficient quality to use it in his performance on 2 April. The local press has applauded the Polish pianist for his gesture, saying that thanks to him the Teatro Lauro Rossi can now be proud of having a grand piano of excellent quality. Zimerman has long been known as a musician who makes a point of adjusting his piano shortly before performing to achieve the best sound possible in each concert hall. Zimerman, who turns 60 in December, skyrocketed to international fame after winning the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1975. He has collaborated with the greatest conductors of our time, including Bernstein, Karajan, Boulez, Mehta and Rattle. For over two decades now he has been going on tour with his own concert piano, to which he has applied several technical modifications of his own - See more at: www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/247482,Polish-pianist-Zimerman-causes-a-stir#sthash.h2RKsqPe.dpuf