:: Concert Experience
Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski performs throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia in many prestigious concert halls. Among these, are the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Wigmore Hall and Barbican in London, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and the Geidai University of the Arts in Tokyo. He has performed with many orchestras, including the Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Windsor Symphony, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Poznan Philharmonic, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic with conductors such as Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alain Trudel, David Amos, Tomasz Bugaj, Romolo Gessi and John Morris Russell. He is also very active as a chamber musician and vocal accompanist.
Daniel Wnukowski has performed in numerous International Festivals such as Chopin and His Europe in Warsaw, Poland; Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy; Chopiniana in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Pre-LSO Concert Series in London, UK; the Coppet Festival in Geneva, Switzerland; and the Euromusica Masterconcert Series and Uto Ughi Festival in Rome, Italy. Due to Wnukowski’s special affinity for Frédéric Chopin and other important Polish composers, he has also performed in Chopin societies across the world in cities such as Paris, Rome, Vienna, Basel, Toronto, Tokyo, Detroit, Warsaw, Singapore, Duszniki Zdrój and Buenos Aires where he is continuously re-engaged. His performances have been broadcasted on radio and television stations throughout the world including CBC radio, Oe1 ORF Austria, Polish Radio 2, Dublin City FM, Tuttoggi TV, Rai Uno, WGBH Boston, RSI Radio Svizzera and Last FM.
Dedicated to giving back to the country that nurtured him as an artist, Wnukowski was recently awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to perform outreach concerts for remote, Indigenous communities in Canada together with five other pianists. See pianosix.com. He also joined as a member of the Varietas Ensemble based in Vienna, Austria, which performs special concerts for handicapped children. See varietas-ensemble.at.
:: Important Events
Daniel Wnukowski inaugurated the 2017 year in Warsaw, Poland as a special guest at the National Philharmonic Hall, performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk. The concert was broadcast live on television and a commercial DVD recording was made available. On May 5, he performed at the Austrian Parliament in remembrance of Holocaust victims targeted by Nazi Germany. This deeply, meaningful event was also broadcast live on Austrian television for ORF-2.
During the 2015-2016 season, Daniel Wnukowski performed a solo piano recital tour in China. He also performed a recently published piano concerto by a Polish-Jewish composer, Jozef Koffler, who had died during the Holocaust. This performance was recorded in Warsaw, Poland, with Sinfonia Iuventus under the direction of Krzysztof Slowinski for release on commercial CD by the EDA label in late 2017.
During the years 2013-2014, he recorded the complete piano works of Walter Arlen for the Austrian record label Gramola, together with violinist Daniel Hope, soprano Rebecca Nelsen and baritone Christian Immler. He also edited Arlen’s piano works for the published Doblinger based in Vienna. In March 2011, Daniel Wnukowski’s all-Liszt recital was recorded and broadcast over European and U.S. radio stations. In May 2010, his special recital in Tokyo, Japan to commemorate the unveiling of a new Chopin monument in that city. This also led to a debut in Singapore, where he accompanied a traditional Chinese violin, an Erhu, in the hall of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. His outdoor concert at the Singapore Botanic Gardens entitled “Chopin by the Lake”, received rousing ovations by a crowd of close to 3000 people.
The music of Interwar Jewish composers occupies a special place in Wnukowski’s repertoire, especially the generation of composers that came of age around the time of WWI and was decimated by the rise of Nazism. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and other foundations for researching and performing the works of exiled and perished Jewish composers such as Szymon Laks, Józef Koffler, Władysław Szpilman and Viktor Ullmann.
Daniel Wnukowski is equally renowned as an accompanist. In 2010, he was chosen as a Samling Artist which culminated in a recital together with other Samling Artists and Leaders including Sir Thomas Allen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Patricia MacMahon and Malcolm Martineau in Wigmore Hall. In the beginning of 2010, Daniel Wnukowski inaugurated the Chopin year in Poznań, Poland together with Metropolitan Opera soprano Aleksandra Kurzak.
In 2009, he inaugurated many important Chopin festivals around the world including the “Chopin in Autumn Colors” Festival, the 5th oldest International Chopin festival in the world in Antonin, Poland. That same year, he accompanied three singers at the Barbican in London, UK in an evening of songs by Richard Strauss and took part in Iain Burnside’s project entitled “Lads in Their Hundreds” at King’s Place, also in London.
In 2007, he performed Brahms 2nd piano concerto and Mozart’s KV595 with the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, Poland which was broadcast on Polish radio stations under the direction of Tomasz Bugaj. In 2001, his all-Chopin recital was recorded live by Radio-Canada in Ottawa for broadcast on Radio-Canada French radio stations.
At age 14, he performed at the Polish Embassy for government diplomats and officials in Ottawa, Canada, becoming the youngest pianist to ever perform at the Embassy. In 1997, in remembrance of the outbreak of World War II, he performed a recital at the National Theatre in Warsaw, Poland in front of an audience of over 2,000 people, which was broadcasted internationally on European television.
As a teen, Daniel Wnukowski was also a laureate of many international piano competitions. In 2000, critics singled him out for his idiomatic and compelling readings of Chopin’s music at the XIV Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. He was also the winner of the National Chopin Piano Competition in Poland, for which he was awarded a government grant and many concerts throughout Europe. At the age of 12, he performed his own composition “Like A Dove” together with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
:: Background and Education
Born in Canada, Daniel Wnukowski was born with a natural talent and a musical destiny to fulfill. At age 3 and a half, he showed strong fascination for a grand piano made completely out of glass in a music store and begged his parents to begin taking piano lessons.
In 2006, Wnukowski was one of 7 students out of a pool of 500 applications of pianists to be accepted into the Lake Como International Piano Academy in Italy where he worked with distinguished artists such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, John Perry, Claude Frank, William Grant Naboré, Fou Ts’ong and Andreas Staier and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Ronan O’Hora and Graham Johnson. In 2003, he completed his studies at the Peabody Institute of Baltimore under the guidance of Leon Fleisher and took part in a special project devoted to the performance and study of the complete piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven. He also studied at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland during the years of 1997-2000 in which he had studied and performed the complete piano works of Frédéric Chopin among other works.
Daniel Wnukowski currently lives in Vienna, Austria.