Piano Solo Album Review
"As I’ve been listening to a 2015 solo piano studio recording by Mikolaj Warszynski, I’ve found myself wondering about the process, about how music is made and how it comes to be heard.
If a pianist plays brilliantly and no one hears: is there a career? Is there even music?
Not for the first time, I’m pondering how it all works. I’ve heard stories of singers walking into auditions, knocking it out of the park but being ignored ultimately because they’re not famous. In an industry that needs stars the arrival of an unknown can be a destabilizing force, a threat to those big names. While there was a time when recording labels & publishing companies were custodians of art, stewards of excellence, lately I wonder whether anyone cares."
"Mikolaj Warszynski is an accomplished performer and teacher. His latest recording Liszt-O-Mania (University of Alberta - Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies WIR07/2018; mikolajwarszynski.net/lisztomania) is a well-chosen program of favourites by Liszt, and therefore, an easy program to sell but a tough one to perform. As an academic, Warszynski brings his love of history and research to his liner notes. They are concise, captivating and inspiring. Moreover, they create the right expectation for his performances."
Interview in Polish
Z gdańsko-kanadyjskim pianistą i miłośnikiem sztuki, książek i podróży, Mikołajem Warszyńskim, rozmawiałam o tym, dlaczego warto grać w duecie i to z własną żoną, czy praca pedagoga daje satysfakcję i co łączyło Chopina i Liszta."