Hailed as "a pianist to watch" by New York Classical Review and "a dashing pianist" by The Sunday Times, Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Vnukowski (pronounced Vnoo-koff'-skee) has performed throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia in prestigious concert halls. Dedicated to giving back to the country that nurtured him as an artist, Vnukowski founded "Piano Six - New Generation" to perform outreach concerts for remote communities in Canada and the "Collingwood Summer Music Festival". Since November 1, 2021, Mr Vnukowski has been radio announcer of the Classical Jukebox on the New Classical FM, the only full-time classical radio station in English-speaking Canada. Visit https://www.classicalfm.ca/ for more information.
During the COVID-19 crisis, Vnukowski's virtual live streaming project from home made waves internationally, reaching over half a million viewers. The livestreams have been endorsed by Fazioli Pianoforte and featured on NPR Radio, Classical FM, Ludwig van Toronto and BBC Music Magazine playlists.
The music of interwar Jewish composers also occupies a special place in Mr Vnukowski's repertoire and during 2019 he continued to focus on the music of Karol Rathaus, performing the composer's Piano Concerto with The Orchestra Now conducted by Leon Botstein, as part of a Rathaus Festival presented by the Copland School of Music at Queens College; made his sold-out Carnegie Hall recital in a program that included the composer's Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 20; and released an all-Rathaus recording of solo piano music on the Toccata label. Mr Vnukowski will be featured in a documentary on Rathaus produced by Lev Deych and Michael Haas.
Mr Vnukowski was trained at the Lake Como International Piano Academy in Italy, where he worked with distinguished artists such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, Claude Frank, Fou Ts'ong, John Perry and William Grant Naboré; at the Peabody Institute of Baltimore under the guidance of Leon Fleisher; and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Graham Johnson and Ronan O'Hora.