Hailed as “a pianist to watch” by New York Classical Review and “a dashing pianist” by The Sunday Times, Daniel Vnukowski 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.
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Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue reaches 1 million hits and over 500,000 views on Facebook.
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Read about Daniel Vnukowski’s sold-out Carnegie Hall debut recital including reviews.
An archive of recent radio interviews with pianist Daniel Vnukowski.
“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
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.
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.
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.