With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Polish-American pianist Daniel Vnukowski’s virtual live streaming project from home has made waves internationally, and reached over half a million viewers. Mr. Vnukowski wrote an engaging piece for the Los Angeles Times about his work during this period which begins: “As a concert pianist the stage is my life. But the pandemic taught me to love the livestream”  “This spirit of innovation is the driving force behind many of the creative projects.” says Mr. Vnukowski.”I've scheduled at my summer music festival this year: embracing technology to create ravishing, new artistic expressions.”

The livestreams have been endorsed by Fazioli Pianoforte and featured on NPR Radio, Classical FM, Ludwig Van Toronto, and BBC Music Magazine playlists.

Mr. Vnukowski (pronounced Vnoo-koff-skee) has toured throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. He has performed with many orchestras, including the Polish Radio Orchestra, Orchestra Now (TON), Sinfonia Varsovia, Windsor Symphony, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Sinfonia Iuventus, Poznan Philharmonic, and Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic with conductors such as Leon Botstein, Ariel Zuckermann, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alain Trudel, Jacek Kasprzyk, and David Amos.

Mr. Vnukowski has taken part in numerous international festivals such as Chopin and his Europe in Warsaw, Poland; Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, and Chopiniana in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has participated in lectures at universities and institutes around the world, including University of California San Diego, Georgian Triangle Lifelong Learning Institute, Queens College CUNY, University of Toronto, University of Windsor, and Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 2020, Mr. Vnukowski continues his cross-continental lecture recital series on Holocaust music at universities throughout the country, which is also available in a virtual setting.

Since 2019, Mr. Vnukowski has frequently performed the music of Karol Rathaus, a Weimar-era composer whose music came to his attention in 2016 through his work with The exil.arte Center, a Vienna-based organization whose mission is to restore “degenerate” music. In February 2019, Mr. Vnukowski performed 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, where Rathaus was on faculty. He made his sold-out Weill Hall recital debut at Carnegie Hall with a program that included the composer’s Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 20.

For these performances, Mr. Vnukowski was called “a formidable pianist” (ConcertoNet) and “a pianist to watch” (New York Classical Review). His latest recording of the solo piano music of Karol Rathaus featured world-premiere recordings and garnered many positive reviews: “Vnukowski plays with sympathetic understanding” – Limelight Magazine (July 2019); “Vnukowski communicates the emotions within the music.” – Fanfare Magazine (Issue 43:1 – Sept/Oct 2019); “played to the hilt” – American Record Guide (July/August 2019). This album was also featured in many interviews during a cross-country radio tour on various U.S. radio stations such as NPR, TPR, WBAA, and WOSU. Mr. Vnukowski will also be featured in a documentary on Karol Rathaus produced by Lev Deych & Michael Haas.

Dedicated to giving back to the country that nurtured him as an artist, Mr. Vnukowski was awarded a grant from the Canadian & Ontario Arts Councils to perform outreach concerts for remote, rural communities in Canada together with five other pianists in a project entitled “Piano Six – New Generation”. In October 2019, Mr. Vnukowski hosted a highly acclaimed gala concert in collaboration with Music Toronto at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts to celebrate the program’s first year of touring. This event included a specially commissioned work by Kevin Lau written for six pianists. Visit PianoSix.com for more information.

That same year, Mr. Vnukowski performed a cross-country, community outreach tour throughout Canada from Fort Nelson, B.C. to Corner Brook, NL. The tour began with a visit to Canada’s Western provinces, organized by Piano Six Artists and ended later that year with a tour of Canada’s Atlantic provinces – Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, organized by Debut Atlantic. In November 2019, Mr. Vnukowski also performed in the first-ever fundraiser for the Africville Museum in Halifax, NS., featuring the music of Black composers such as Florence B. Price, Zenobia P. Perry, Art Tatum, and Duke Ellington.

Mr. Vnukowski also founded the Collingwood Summer Music Festival in 2019 to bring over 100 high caliber performers to the charming Southern Georgian Bay area in Ontario each summer. The festival will celebrate its second season in 2021. Visit CollingwoodFestival.com for more information.
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.