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PUC Presents Pianist Piotr Anderszewski in Paderewski Memorial Concert on May 1, 2014

April 11, 2014

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CONCLUDES THE 2013-14 SEASON WITH THE ANNUAL PADEREWSKI MEMORIAL CONCERT
FEATURING POLISH SUPERSTAR PIANIST PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI
Princeton University Concerts will present the celebrated pianist Piotr Anderszewski in recital at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on May 1, 2014 at 8pm.  This performance, which concludes the 2013-14 season, marks Mr. Anderszewski's Princeton University Concerts debut.  A musical preview featuring the Princeton Clarinet Ensemble, will take place at 7pm, free to ticketholders. In the lead up to this concert, Princeton University Concerts will offer a free screening of "Unquiet Traveller," a documentary directed by Bruno Monsaingeon about the thoughtful and enigmatic pianist.  The screening will take place on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:30pm at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall.
The complete concert program follows:

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH    English Suite No.1, BWV 806
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH    Overture in the French style, BWV 831
LEOŠ JANÁČEK     On the Overgrown Path, Book II
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN    Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op.110

ABOUT PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI
"Not just a significant artist," said The New York Times, "Mr. Anderszewski is a colorful personality who cultivates a 'Polish punker' look with his sleek black hair and tight leather pants.  He would seem to have everything."  On another occasion it opined, "It can be hard not to wax hyperbolic when confronted with Anderszewski's sensitive touch and potent imagination."  Recognized for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Piotr Anderszewski has been singled out for several high profile awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Gilmore award, given every four years to a pianist of exceptional talent.  He is one of today's most individual musicians, and appears regularly at major concert venues around the world. In recent seasons he has performed at the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Zürich Tonhalle, New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Southbank Centre.  His Princeton debut focuses on repertoire for which he has become well known -- the music of Bach and Beethoven.  Born in Warsaw to Polish-Hungarian parents, Piotr Anderszewski lives a somewhat nomadic life but retreats periodically to Lisbon, where - for the moment - he has made his home.

ABOUT THE UNQUIET TRAVELLER
In this documentary, directed by Bruno Monsaingeon, Piotr Anderszewski offers us his most utter feelings and reflections. Bruno Monsaingeon has spent a great part of his life making movies about the greatest musicians of our times. Each of his movies is the outcome of many years spent with the artist (Glenn Gould, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oïstrakh) or, on the contrary, the result of a sudden impulse or of a love at first sight, which is the case, for Piotr Anderzsewski.  Somewhere on the borderline between documentary and fiction, this road-movie's setting is a winter journey through Poland to Budapest, in a train in which the pianist has taken his grand piano.  From Warsaw to Budapest, through Zakopane and Poznan, Piotr Anderszewski rediscovers his native country at the slow pace of the train, gives some concerts, and invites us to come with him.  All along this film his shares his most inner thoughts about music and about his qualms, revealing his true nature: generous but tormented.
ABOUT THE PADEREWSKI MEMORIAL CONCERT

Each year Princeton University Concerts honors the memory of Ignacy Jan Paderewski by presenting a piano recital.  The annual Paderewski memorial concert is funded in part by an endowment from The Paderewski Foundation.  It honors the memory of Ignacy Jan Paderewski:  Polish pianist, composer, and statesman.  Born in Poland in 1860, Paderewski was a student of Leschetizky, and rapidly rose to international fame -- indeed, his name is still synonymous with virtuosity.  Following World War I, he laid aside his concert career, holding the offices of Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland.  As such, he was a signer of the Treaty of Versailles, becoming friendly with Woodrow Wilson whose support had been influential in the establishment of Poland as an independent state. On Tuesday, November 10, 1925, Paderewski performed in Alexander Hall in tribute to Wilson, who had died the previous year. Princeton University Concerts is grateful to The Paderewski Foundation for its generous support of this concert.

For further information please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or cugolini@princeton.edu

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LISTING INFORMATION -- MAY 1

WHAT:  Annual Paderewski Memorial Concert featuring Piotr Anderszewski, Piano
  
WHEN:  Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 8pm
   Musical preview featuring Princeton Clarinet Ensemble at 7pm   
 
WHERE:  Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS: $45, $35, $25 General; $10, $5 Students. Tickets are available online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. 

PHOTOS: Please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or cugolini@princeton.edu or download at princetonuniversityconcerts.org/for-press

LISTING INFORMATION -- APRIL 28

WHAT:  Screening of Bruno Monsaingeon's documentary of
pianist Piotr Anderszewski - "Unquiet Traveller"
  
WHEN:  Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:30pm  
 
WHERE:  Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall

TICKETS:  None.  Free and open to the public.

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FOR PRESS RELATED INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT

Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
dkoltuny@princeton.edu
Phone:  609-258-6024