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Krystian Zimerman} stands as one of the most sensitive and controversial concert pianists to emerge in the latter half of the twentieth century. His extensive recordings with Deutsche Grammaphon} cover a broad range of repertoire from the classical period to modernity, including the complete piano concertos} of Beethoven} and Brahms}, important works by Schubert}, Liszt}, Grieg}, Bartók}, and Szymanowski}, and all of Debussy}'s preludes}. At the same time, early in his career Zimerman} established a reputation for maintaining dauntingly high personal artistic standards, being very selective in undertaking projects, and limiting himself to only a small number of concert engagements each year.

Initially a student of his pianist father, and later, Andrzej Jasinski} and Artur Rubinstein}, Zimerman} demonstrated his nuanced and distinctive technique at a young age. He was already concertizing as a very young boy, and was not yet 20 years old when he took first prize in the 1975 International Chopin} Competition in Warsaw. During the 1980s and 1990s, Zimerman} performed concertos} with the world's finest orchestras and conductors, including the premiere of Lutoslawski}'s Piano Concerto} (which was composed for and dedicated to the pianist).

Zimerman}'s creation of the Polish Festival Orchestra} in 1999 remains one of his greatest accomplishments. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Chopin}, Zimerman} personally selected an ensemble of young musicians, which he then led in unusually numerous and rigorous rehearsals of Chopin}'s two piano concertos}. The orchestra developed a highly idiomatic sound, one that brought out intricate subtleties from Chopin}'s oft-maligned orchestral scores and illuminated a new level of interplay between soloist and orchestra in these works. Once they had fully developed their unique approach, Zimerman} and the PFO} undertook extensive world tours, performing Chopin}'s piano concertos} for audiences the world over. They also released a recording that sold out quickly and caused a noted division among critics, who, as is has often been the case with Zimerman}'s work, were sharply divided between engaged enthusiasts and appalled traditionalists. ~ Jeremy Grimshaw, All Music Guide

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