Born 1969. Began his musical education at the age of five and made his orchestral debut at eleven. He was subsequently admitted as a second-year student at the Music Academy in Katowice, in the class of Professor Andrzej Jasiński. He won a diploma with distinction in 1993. Upon graduation he became Professor Jasiński’s assistant. In 2002 he gained the tittle of assistant professor, in 2004- professor.
Zbigniew Raubo has held several grants from the Chopin Society and the Ministry of Culture and Art. At the age of 17 he won two awards at the Karol Szymanowski National Competition in Łódź. He is a prizewinner of two prestigious international piano competitions, in Bolzano (Italy,1991) and Utrecht (Holland, 1992).
His repertoire spans music from Johann Sebastian Bach to contemporary composers including over thirty pieces for piano and orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist in orchestral concerts and has given recitals in many Polish towns and abroad (Germany, Italy, France, Marocco, Slovakia, Russia, the Czech Republic and Austria).
His discography includes CDs for the Japanese branches of Deutsche Grammophon and RCA (works with orchestra, with Sinfonia Varsovia and Capella Cracoviensis) and numerous CDs of Chopin’s solo piano music. In 1996 his Chopin recital on the DUX label won a nomination for the “Fryderyk” Award of the Phonographic Academy, witch a year later invited Zbigniew Raubo to become a member. In 1997 he recorded “Horn Sonatas” (with Zbigniew Żuk) for Żuk-Record. Two years later he recorded a selection of Schubert’s sonatas. He has also made recordings for radio and television.
He has participated in major music festivals in Poland, including those in Duszniki Zdrój, Szczecin, Opole, Słupsk, Wrocław and Tarnów, as well as the Internationales Bodensee- Festival (Germany). He has also developed a fine career in chamber music, appearing with the violinist Bartłomiej Nizioł and the Silesian Quartet.
He is a co-organizer and deputy president of the Katowice-based Silesian Music Society and chairman of the Katowice Music Academy branch of the Karol Szymanowski Music Society in Zakopane.
Despite his young age, Zbigniew Raubo has some notable achievements as a teacher to his credit. His students have won prizes at national and international piano competitions.
BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
- Vivace, ma non troppo
- Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo (Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung)
CHOPIN: Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44
Berceuse in D-flat major, Op. 57
Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
LISZT: Sonata in B minor
When describing Beethoven’s Sonata in E major, Op. 109, the great pianist Alfred Cortot once played three chords – E major, E minor and E major again, which pretty much gives us the essence of the three movements of this sonata, this motion that takes us eventually back to the opening key.. The sonata begins with an improvisatory opening movement, proceeds onto an angry, minor key prestissimo, and ends with a theme and six variations, and ending with the otherworldly beauty of the theme like a benediction.
The recital continues with Chopin’s largest scale Polonaise, an epic tone poem that actually contains a mazurka within the polonaise. The performance then moves on with two of Chopin’s late masterpieces, the breathtakingly beautiful Berceuse and the heavenly harmonies and gently rocking rhythms of the Barcarolle.
It is no exaggeration to refer to Liszt’s Sonata in B minor as the composer’s towering masterpiece. Cast in one continuous movement, the mysterious and tension-filled opening draws the listener into a 30-minute musical journey of kaleidoscopic colours and high drama. This is truly a recital that offers an embarrassment of riches.
Delectable Daniel’s Chocolates will be served after the concert
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2-23 October 2021 – The Eighteenth International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw