Rhapsody in Blue
Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Vnukowski has performed throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia in prestigious concert halls.
Dedicated to giving back to the country that nurtured him as an artist, Wnukowski founded “Piano Six” to perform outreach concerts for remote communities in Canada and the “Collingwood Summer Music Festival”.
The music of interwar Jewish composers also occupies a special place in Mr. Vnukowski’s repertoire and this season he continues 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; makes his Weill Hall recital debut in a program that includes the composer’s Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 20; will be featured in a documentary on Rathaus produced by Michael Haas; and releases an all-Rathaus recording of solo piano music on the Toccata label.
He was trained at the Lake Como International Piano Academy in Italy where he worked with distinguished artists such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, Claude Frank, Fou Ts’ong, John Perry and William Grant Naboré and at the Peabody Institute of Baltimore under the guidance of Leon Fleisher.