Dear Colleague
I have pleasure in sending some lighthearted lunchtime reading - the latest news from British pianist Jonathan Plowright.
best wishes
Newsletter Autumn 2016


New Chamber Release features more Polish gems

Following the success of their previous chamber CD, Jonathan has again teamed up with the Polish/Ukrainian Szymanowski Quartet to record two more forgotten gems of the Romantic Polish repertoire for Hyperion Records. The piano quintets of Ludomir Rózycki and Ignacy Friedman make the perfect late-Romantic pairing, and both recieved a warm reception when the group performed them this summer at the Chopin and Husum Rarities Festivals (see below).  The CD follows hot on the heels of Jonathan's recordings of the two Piano Concerti by Ludomir Rozycki, and as such was greeted enthusiastically by Gramophone reviewer, Jeremy Nicholas: "These were played by Jonathan Plowright (overlooked yet again by the BBC Proms this year) and it is this outstanding British pianist in whose debt we are once more for this second Różicki resurrection."

The striking cover picture; detail from ‘Frenzy of Exultations’ (Szał uniesień), or as it has become known, ‘Ecstasy’, is an 1893 painting by Polish artist, Władysław Podkowiński,  and it caused an uproar when it was first exhibited.

More details here:

Brahms Vol.3 Shortlisted for 2016 Gramophone Award

Jonathan's latest Brahms CD Vol.3 was chosen as one of the six best instrumental recordings for 2016 by Gramophone Magazine.

The Gramophone Awards are considered to be one of the most prestigious in the world of classical music.

Volume 4 is due to be released early in the New Year, shortly after he records the 5th and final CD of the series.

Read more reviews here

      Read all recording reviews here

Jonathan "Stupendous" in Wigmore Hall Piano Series Debut

Making his debut appearance in the prestigious and internationally renowned London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall, Jonathan received a rapturous reception from both the capacity audience and critic, whose review was published on the online 'Classical Source' website:

"It’s hard to believe that this recital was Jonathan Plowright’s London Pianoforte Series debut at Wigmore Hall. From his substantial body of work for Hyperion and more recently his Brahms series for BIS, you’d think that that particular milestone was long past. For those with ears to hear, however, at this well-attended concert, it’s obvious why his reputation precedes him. Plowright has it all – a restrained stage persona that shies away from rampant histrionics to put the music first, a prodigious but unfussy virtuosity, and an unmistakable identification with style and expression."
Read the full review here:

He has already received a return invitation!

Read all concert reviews here

Jonathan's Chopin Festival Debut

Jonathan had another important debut this summer when he took part in the Chopin Institute's annual international Festival in Warsaw, which this year focused on the influences that Chopin's music had on other composers.  Jonathan and the Szymanowski Quartet gave a stirring performance of their recently recorded Piano Quintet by Ludomir Rozycki, which was filmed by Polish TV.



30th Annual Festival of Piano Rarities in Husum, Germany

Jonathan and the Quartet gave the opening concert in this now world famous festival of rarely played piano music, performing the Piano Quintets of Ludomir Rózycki and Ignacy Friedman.  Jonathan, who has previously only appeared as a soloist for the discerning Husum audience proved himself also to be a 'fabulous chamber musician' according to the critics. 

Read all concert reviews here
Paderewski Anniversary in Poland

Jonathan will make a return visit to Łódź in Poland this November where he will give a performance of the Paderewski Concerto for Piano with the Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Łódzkiej im. Artura Rubinsteina, conducted by Paweł Przytocki.  The concert is in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the composer's death this year.  Further details here:


I do hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter, but if you would prefer not to receive one in future, please email with the word ‘unsubscribe’ as the subject.  Thank you.

more information:
 follow Jonathan on
 follow Jonathan on