Budapest Festival Orchestra
Interviews October 18, 2017

"Hungary stands really close to me"

He is considered to be a punk figure in classical music by critics. He is unbelievably talented and popular, but answering interview questions is not his favourite activity. He prefers expressing himself through music. Piotr Anderszewski, the Polish pianist answered our questions regarding his October concerts in Budapest, but of course only in short.

Hungary is kind of a home country for you. You return over and over again. Is that because of your mother was born here?

Piotr Anderszewski:  Yes, my Mum was born in Budapest and has grown up in that city. Therefore I understand and speak Hungarian. This means the country stands really close to me.

Is there a difference between countries you have visited in terms of  the reaction of the audience?

P.A.: Yes, definitely there is a difference. A concert is like a conversation with the public and it is crucial for me to feel that the audience understands what I am trying to say. There is a big difference between countries from this point of view as well.

It happened not only once that you stopped playing during a concert, because you felt that the level of your performance was not high enough. Do you feel safe on stage these days?

P.A.: I actually only stopped once at the Leeds competition, I was too young and unsafe. Since that I have not stopped during a concert. It was really a long time ago.

How do you prepare for the concert in Budapest? Takács-Nagy Gábor will be the conductor. Do you know him?

P.A.: I have known Gábor for many years but have never played with him. I am really looking forward to it.

 The piece you will perform, Haydn’s piano concerto in D major is one of the most popular concertos of the composer. What do think, why?

 P.A.: I have no idea why some pieces remain popular and some less. This  is not understandable for me at all.

 The end of this piano piece is called “Rondo all’Ungherese”. Does it really have something to do with Hungarian music?

P.A.: Definitely the rondo is influenced by Hungarian music.