In October 2005, Rafal Blechacz was the winner of the 15th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to the Grand Prize, Mr. Blechacz won all the special prizes of the Competition including the National Philharmonic of Poland Prize for the best concerto performance.
Born in 1985 in Nakło nad Notecią, Poland, Mr. Blechacz began his piano studies at age five, and continued his musical education at the Artur Rubinstein State School of Music in Bydgoszcz. In May 2007, he graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music where he studied with Professor Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń. Since then, the Mr. Blechacz has won many prestigious prizes and awards at music festivals and competitions in his native Poland and worldwide.
The 2005 victory in Warsaw opened the doors of the most famous concert halls of the world, including Wigmore Hall in London, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Liederhalle in Stuttgart and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Mr. Blechacz has also performed at the most renowned music festivals of the world, such as Salzburg, La Roque-d’Anthéron and the Gilmore Festival. He has received critical acclaim and praise from audiences for his performances with orchestras under the direction of such noted conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, and Marek Janowski.