Hailed as “rapturous and glowing” by International Record Review and “an inspirational and devoted pianist” by Life & Arts – Financial Times, Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski has performed throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Asia in prestigious concert halls and with many famous orchestras, including the Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Windsor Symphony, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Poznan Philharmonic, and the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic, and with conductors such as Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alain Trudel, and David Amos. Recently, Wnukowski organized a group of young pianists, PianoSix, dedicated to bringing classical music to remote indigenous communities of Canada. These efforts are supported by a substantial grant from the Canada Council of Arts.
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. In particular, he performed and recorded a recently published piano concerto by Jozef Koffler as well as the complete piano works of Walter Arlen.
Wnukowski is an avid enthusiast of Karol Rathaus’ music, incorporating it into traditional concert programs and performing it at various venues worldwide. He is currently recording a CD of Rathaus’ solo piano works (the release of which is expected to coincide with the opening of the Karol Rathaus Festival in February 2019) and will be performing the Rathaus piano concerto with the Poznan Philharmonic on May 17, 2019. Wnukowski’s Weill Recital Hall debut at Carnegie Hall will take place on May 3rd, 2019.
More details about Daniel Wnukowski can be found at wnukowski.com.
Daniel Wnukowski performed with The Orchestra Now on February 24, 2019.
Bio: February 2019