Rafal Blechacz (RA-faw BLEH-hatch) is a Polish pianist, born June 30, 1985, in Nakło nad Notecią, Poland. He later spoke highly of the small-town environment, saying that it was conducive to strong concentration on the piano. His training was exclusively in Poland. After completing his secondary courses at the National Artur Rubinstein Music School in Bydgoszcz, he studied with Katarzyna Popowa-Zydon at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy. Blechacz was celebrated during the first part of his career for winning competitions. He received the second prize in the Artur Rubinstein in Memoriam Competition in 2002, tied for first place in the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2003, and took the grand prize of the International Piano Competition in Morocco in 2004. In 2005, he impressed the judges of the 15th International ...
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