Daniel Wnukowski

Samling Artist Programme: 2010

Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski has performed throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia in prestigious concert halls. He has performed with many orchestras, including the Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Windsor Symphony and Southfield Symphony with conducters such as Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alain Trudel and David Amos. He has also 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; and the Pre-LSO Concert Series in London, UK.

During the years 2013-2014, he recorded and edited the complete piano works of Walter Arlen for the Austrian record label Gramola and publisher Doblinger. In March 2011, Daniel Wnukowski’s all-Liszt recital was recorded and broadcast over European and U.S. radio stations.

In the beginning of 2010, he inaugurated the Chopin year in Poznań, Poland together with Metropolitan Opera Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and was chosen as a Samling Artist. In May of that same year, he performed a 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, in the hall of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. His outdoor concert at the Singapore Botanic Gardens received rousing ovations by a crowd of close to 3000 people. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts for promoting the works of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski as well as the works of exiled Jewish composers of the early 20th century including Szymon Laks, Karol Rathaus, Józef Koffler, Władysław Szpilman, Viktor Ullmann, Alfred Schnittke, György Ligeti, György Kurtág, among others.

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, at the Peabody Institute of Baltimore under the guidance of Leon Fleisher and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Graham Johnson and Ronan O’Hora.