Brian Ganz

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We are so grateful for the many Chopin fans that came out to support Brian during his February 2 concert! Join us next year as Brian completes his quest to perform the works of Chopin. Keep an eye out for upcoming concerts by signing up for his newsletter at

Image courtesy of Jay Mallin

“Gonzo” Brian first to play every Chopin note

Brian is featured in the January 31 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.

This week, Brian was featured in The Washington Informer for his incredible Chopin performance last week at Strathmore.

Click on the photo above to see Brian’s interview with Montgomery Community Media in preparation for his February 2 Chopin concert at the Music Center at Strathmore.


The Rogers Revue shared a wonderful review of Brian's Feb. 2 concert at Strathmore:

"It was outstanding hearing both Polonaises performed from a pianist as exceptional as Brian Ganz. His fingers fluttered across the keyboard like a bird being freed from a cage."

Read the Washington Informer’s preview of Brian's Chopin concert:

“Chopin was, without question, the greatest Polish composer of all time,” Ganz said. “Although he spent only the first half of his life in Poland, much of his music reveals his deep love for — and connection to — his homeland as reflected in this recital.”

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

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Brian is featured in the November issue of What’s Up Annapolis’s Undercover Stars Among Us.

“Noted for his brilliant performances of the compositions of Polish composer Frederic Chopin, Ganz explains, ‘[Chopin] feels to me like the native language of my soul…His  language, the way he writes a melody—his harmony—in unexpected ways, sounds inevitable.’ And, if you’ve attended one of Mr. Ganz’s performances you know the magnetic energy and passion he brings to the music. The audiences remain spellbound while Mr. Ganz weaves his web of beautiful music. “

Brian continued his unprecedented journey through the complete works of Frédéric Chopin as part of “National Philharmonic: Brian Ganz Plays Chopin's Hidden Gems & All-Time Favorites” at The Music Center at Strathmore in February 2018. See photos from last year’s meet and greet below.

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.


Recent news stories

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

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

recent Reviews

“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

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.

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