”If music be the food of love,” wrote Shakespeare, “play on!” Nowadays, scientists would agree that classical music is precisely that, and more: Music, they claim, nurtures cognitive abilities and stimulates intelligence.
A young Canadian pianist who has been turning heads of late, Daniel Wnukowski is putting that theory to the test in a concert on February 16th at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA, 92121. One of the world’s leading research centers for the exploration of the relationship between music and the human brain, The Neurosciences Institute has opened its impressive, acoustically pristine concert hall to internationally renowned concert artists for an imaginative series of solo recitals and chamber music.
At 24, Daniel Wnukowski has won accolades from the international press and colleagues alike for his extraordinary virtuosity tempered by a poetic sensibility. Noted by the Detroit Free Press for his “impeccable taste and refinement”, Mr. Wnukowski is a laureate of many piano competitions, winning critical acclaim at the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2000. He will perform Mozart’s ambrosial F major sonata, Schumann’s kaleidoscopic Fantasy Pieces Op. 12, and Liszt’s magniloquent B minor sonata.
Living in Lake Hodges, Escondido for the last year, Mr. Wnukowski has been on a sabbatical of sorts from concert life for most of that time. This concert, the only one Mr. Wnukowski will give in California before he moves to Europe in April, is the culmination of months of private study and intense forethought. Few artists, especially among the young, have invested their time and energy in such contemplative luxury. The artistic results promise to be no less luxurious. Mr. Wnukowski will perform on his own Mason and Hamlin concert grand.
While here, he profoundly impressed Jacques Leiser, the world-renowned and now retired impresario, who has been counseling the young pianist about his career. Like Leiser, there is a groundswell of prominent artists and music lovers who agree that in Daniel Wnukowski the beginnings of a brilliant career are already transparent. The concert begins at 7:30 PM and is being presented under the generous auspices of the Hendrick-Montanio Foundation. For more information, please call (619) 204-5055 or visit www.wnukowski.com.