This Piano Competition Strikes a Different Note


Stuart Isacoff, The Wall Street Journal
The Pianist of the Resistance Captures a Surprise Award


Michael Cooper, New York Times
Cachet and Cash for Rafal Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist

Polish pianist RafaƂ Blechacz, who at age 20 swept all five top prizes at the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, can now add another prestigious award to his collection. Early Wednesday, Blechacz was named the 2014 Gilmore Artist.

Sneaky Judges Find Their Pianist

The Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz suspected nothing when, while preparing for three concerts in Switzerland in late 2012, he was bombarded with questions by the artistic director of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. He had no clue that a recital he gave that year in Schenectady, N.Y., was closely scrutinized and discussed and debated by a select few listeners.

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