Brian Ganz

Check out Brian's updated calendar!

Mark your calendars! Brian is set to play his tenth Chopin concert on the stage of Strathmore next year, February 1, 2020. Find out more at https://www.nationalphilharmonic.org/subscriptions-tickets/10th-year-brian-ganz-plays-chopin/.

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In fact, Brian’s concert is already beginning to generate some buzz! Check out what Culture Capital has to say about his February 2020 concert.

“Ganz explores early waltzes, polonaises, nocturnes and marches to demonstrate the seed of Chopin’s genius, followed by mature examples of the same genres: Chopin’s genius in full bloom. Featured will be masterpieces such as the great Polonaise-Fantaisie, the Funeral March, the brilliant Waltzes, Op. 34 and the gloriously expressive Nocturnes, Op. 27, along with the surprisingly engaging youthful efforts that made them possible.”


Image courtesy of Jay Mallin

“Gonzo” Brian first to play every Chopin note

Brian is featured in the January 31, 2019, issue of The Washington Post’s Express: Weekend Edition.

“As far as we know, Brian’s the first pianist to attempt this,” says National Philharmonic music director Piotr Gajewski, who pitched the idea to Ganz in 2009. “We were coming up on the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth and I wanted to do something to honor him, a sort of grand gesture, but I wasn’t sure there’d be an audience for it.”

He needn’t have worried. “Extreme Chopin” has been a huge hit since its very first, sell-out installment, in 2011. Gajewski credits Ganz’s sensitive playing and natural storytelling ability.


Below are beautiful new images from Brian’s February 2, 2019, concert at the Music Center at Strathmore, taken by Jay Mallin.


A selection of high-resolution photos are available for download below (simply click on the photo, another window will open, and then drag the image to your desktop). Photo credits are embedded in the filenames. For additional images or any press-related requests, please contact Marc Apter

Brian celebrated Poland's 100th anniversary in June 2018 at the Music Center at Strathmore. The second half of Chopin's "Piano Concerto No. 2," which Brian performed at the concert, gave audiences a glimpse into the beloved Polish dance style, the mazurka.

Chopin remains one of the most influential Polish composers. Join us for more Polish classics during the June 2 concert at the Music Center at Strathmore, which celebrates Poland's 100th year of independence. Brian will perform Chopin's "Piano Concerto No. 2" at the concert.

For ticket information, visit Strathmore’s events page.

PRESS RELEASES


Recent news stories

Classical Pianist Brian Ganz Continues Chopin Journey at Strathmore” - Montgomery Community Media, January 31, 2019

Pianist Brian Ganz Continues ‘Extreme Chopin’ Quest at Strathmore” - Washington Informer, January 30, 2019

Undercover Stars Among Us: Brian Ganz” - What’s Up? Magazine, October 31, 2018

"Join the National Philharmonic In a Triumphant Celebration of Poland's 100th Anniversary of Independence" - BroadwayWorld.com, May 23, 2018 

"Pianist Brian Ganz Announces Strathmore Concert: CHOPIN'S HIDDEN GEMS & ALL-TIME FAVORITES" - BroadwayWorld.com, January 23, 2018

recent Reviews

Ganz Concert a Breathtaking Delivery of Chopin’s Works for Pianoforte” - Washington Informer, February 11, 2019

Ganz’s Chopin Quest Continues with Recollections of Home” - The Rogers Revue, February 3, 2019

“Pianist Brian Ganz smooth as silk in Beethoven concerto” – Waco Tribune-Herald, April 22, 2017

"Concert Review: 'Brian Ganz Plays Chopin: A Young Genius’ at the Music Center at Strathmore" - MD Theatre Guide, February 20, 2017

"Where Chopin Came From: Brian Ganz at the Music Center at Strathmore, February 18, 2017" - DMV Classical, February 20, 2017

"Pianist shares his career-long interest with Polish composer Chopin" - The Baltimore Sun, November 3, 2016

"At National Cathedral, all-Beethoven concert includes a few pieces seldom heard" - The Washington Post, May 16, 2016

"A night of Chopin by a pianist with impressive finesse" - The Washington Post, January 10, 2016 [WITH VIDEO]

"Brian Ganz Plays: a Master of Chopin and Much More" - Atención San Miguel, March 20, 2015

"A Marvelous Strangeness: Brian Ganz at the Music Center at Strathmore" - DMV Classical, February 9, 2015

"Pianist Brian Ganz’s fresh take on Debussy, Beethoven" - The Washington Post, September 15, 2014

"Brian Ganz at JCCGW" - IonArts, September 15, 2014

"American pianist Brian Ganz an eloquent witness to the rewards of being a local music hero" - Musical Toronto, January 18, 2013

"Pianist’s focus on Chopin paying off in ways small and large" - The Washington Post, January 17, 2013

"Journey of the Spirit" - The Baltimore Sun, January 15, 2011


Brian Ganz plays Chopin's Nocturne in Bb min Op9 No 1 on a Steinway D fully rebuilt by PianoCraft. Recorded at PianoCraft's Rothenberg Hall. Audio and video by Dhanesh Mahtani.

Brian Ganz plays Chopin's Etude in C Op10 No7 on a Steinway D, fully rebuilt by PianoCraft. Recorded at PianoCraft's Rothenberg Hall. Audio and video by Dhanesh Mahtani.

Brian Ganz plays Chopin's Etude in E op 10 #3 on a Steinway D, fully rebuilt by PianoCraft. Recorded at PianoCraft's Rothenberg Hall. Audio and Video by Dhanesh Mahtani.

See Brian Ganz preview his Feb. 18 Strathmore "Extreme Chopin" concert with Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, one of his most famous compositions. Buy tickets to the recital at www.nationalphilharmonic.org.

Brian Ganz explains the concept of 'musical gardening' by illustrating details of Chopin's personal life through his Mazurkas and other compositions.

Brian Ganz plays Chopin's Revolutionary Etude in C minor Op 10 #12 on a Steinway D, fully rebuilt by PianoCraft. Recorded at PianoCraft's Rothenberg Hall. Audio and Video by Dhanesh Mahtani.

Pianist Brian Ganz performs songs by Chopin at the Kosciuszko Foundation in Washington D.C. with vocalist Dariusz Ocetek. Ganz is on a quest to perform all of Chopin's works. 

Pianist Brian Ganz plays Chopin's Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1, at the 2016 Washington International Piano Festival hosted by Catholic University. Shot by Jay Mallin on July 27, 2016.

FOR MORE video, PLEASE VISIT BRIAN'S Youtube Channel.