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Jonathan Plowright

Pianist Jonathan Plowright has specialized in Polish piano music, performing unknown works as well as standard repertory by Chopin. He has also recorded the complete piano works of Brahms and is an important educator. Plowright was born on September 24, 1959, in Doncaster in England's Yorkshire region. He attended Stonyhurst College, a Jesuit school in Lancashire, and went on to the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with Alexander Kelly and won the school's gold medal. Earning a Fulbright Scholarship for studies in the U.S., Plowright worked with Julio Esteban at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1984 and his British debut the following year at Wigmore Hall in London. A European Piano Competition win in 1989 helped his career along, and since then, Plowright has appeared with top-drawer instrumentalists and ensembles. He has performed concertos with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, and the Warsaw Philharmonic, as well as several BBC groups. Plowright has joined leading chamber ensembles, including the Brodsky and Szymanowski Quartets, and his duet partners have included pianists Piers Lane and Artur Pizarro and cellist Raphael Wallfisch. As a solo recitalist, Plowright has focused on Polish music, covering not only well-known works of Chopin but also little-known Polish Romantic composers such as Zygmunt Stojowski, Ignace Jan Paderewski, and Juliusz Zarębski. He has also performed works from western Europe and Britain, and he gave the world premiere of the Piano Concerto of Constant Lambert. Plowright has been especially visible through his recordings, made mostly for the Hyperion and BIS labels. In 2002, he released a recording of Stojowski's two piano concertos as part of the Hyperion label's The Romantic Piano Concerto series, and much of his recorded output has involved Polish composers. He also recorded the complete solo piano works of Brahms for BIS between 2012 and 2017. Plowright returned to Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series in 2021, joining the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lukasz Borowicz for performances of piano concertos by Jerzy Gablenz and Ignace Jan Paderewski.
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