During the Covid-19 crisis, Vnukowski’s virtual live streaming project from home has made waves internationally, with his performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue reaching over a 1 million hits and 500,000 views. The virtual concerts have been endorsed by NPR.ORG, BBC Music Magazine, Ludwig Van in Toronto, The New Classical FM, ideacity and Fazioli Pianos.
The music of interwar Jewish composers also occupies a special place in Mr. Vnukowski’s repertoire and during 2019 he continued to focus on the music of Karol Rathaus, performing the composer’s Piano Concerto with The Orchestra Now conducted by Leon Botstein, as part of a Rathaus Festival presented by the Copland School of Music at Queens College; made his sold-out Carnegie Hall recital debut in a program that included the composer’s Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 20; and released an all-Rathaus recording of solo piano music on the Toccata label. Mr. Vnukowski will be featured in a documentary on Rathaus produced by Lev Deych & Michael Haas.