Daniel Vnukowski

Performer, Writer, Educator

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About

Hailed as "a pianist to watch" by New York Classical Review and "a dashing pianist" by The Sunday Times, Daniel Vnu'kowski (née Wnukowski) tours throughout North/South America, Asia and Europe. His insightful interpretations of the standard classical music repertory are supplemented by creative projects, which resulted in a sold-out Carnegie Hall recital in 2019. In addition to participating in fundraising projects for humanitarian causes, he has performed many outreach concerts for remote communities throughout Canada and is Artist Director & Founder of the Collingwood Summer Music Festival.

“Pianist Vnukowski revives music of a neglected composer in impressive Carnegie debut…this assertive, fearlessly virtuosic Chopin style was filled with thoughtful exploration and a kind of questioning illumination. For his insight and daring, no less than his advocacy of a forgotten compatriot composer, Vnukowski is a pianist to watch!”

- Linda Holt, New York Classical Review

“He didn’t simply play. He engaged.”

- William Littler, Toronto Star

“Vnukowski communicates the emotions within the music. I was moved at several points throughout the recital.”

- Myron Silberstein, Fanfare Magazine

“These technically demanding works are played to the hilt by the Polish-Canadian Daniel Vnukowski.”

- Bruno Repp, American Record Guide

“A virtuoso pianist…Vnukowski plays with sympathetic understanding.”

- Phillip Scott, Limelight Magazine

News

Free Livestreamed Concerts

Free Livestreamed Concerts

Enjoy a series of free live-streamed recitals with Daniel Vnukowski and friends in the upcoming weeks, as well as a fundraiser on Saturday, April 18th.

Projects

Videos

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Concerts

Apr
4
King Fazioli Series – Free Live-Streamed Concert #1
A free livestreamed performance as part of the “King Fazioli” series at 3pm EDT (Toronto, Canada...
Apr
11
King Fazioli Series – Free Live-Streamed Concert #2
The second live-streamed concert of our “King Fazioli” series featuring the 24 Preludes of Frede...
Apr
18
King Fazioli Series – Free Live-Streamed Concert #3
PRE-CONCERT TALK: 3pm EDT (Toronto, Canada): a free pre-concert discussion (videoconference) with Da...

Blog

10 Commandments for Professional Pianists

10 Commandments for Professional Pianists

If you were to ask me about my strongest childhood memories, two things immediately come to mind: the piano and my school lunchbox with a blue penguin painted on its cover. All I can remember about the lunchbox was that it accompanied me everywhere I went and was made of tough tin metal, as were most lunchboxes back in the day.

Program Notes – Carnegie Hall

Program Notes – Carnegie Hall

Tonight’s program presents three musical figures that span over 250 years of Western music history. Although one can immediately note considerable differences in each composer’s style or life story, there is one binding factor that brings all three of these composers together: Each composer had left his homeland and readily assimilated into a new culture – a new home where each conceived some of his greatest works.

The Road To Rathaus

The Road To Rathaus

With the release of a new CD of Karol Rathaus’s piano music, numerous performances of his compositions this season and an unabashed enthusiasm for the research of his works, I thought it would be ripe time-wise to write a blogpost on precisely what triggered my interest in this composer’s life & works.