One of the most gifted and promising pianists of the younger generation in Poland with “an exquisite sense of style and powerful, practically flawless technical command” (Buenos Aires Herald), Szymon Nehring attracted international attention at the age of 19 after his remarkable performances at the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, which led to a series of concert engagements in Poland and abroad. A recipient of scholarships from Krystian Zimerman, National Children’s Fund, the ‘Sapere Auso’ Małopolska Scholarship Foundation, the Pro Musica Bona Foundation, and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, he toured with the Santander Orchestra in 2015, playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E Minor at Poland’s prestigious concert halls in Lusławice, Wrocław, Katowice, Warsaw and Szczecin, and excited audience in Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Norway, Italy, and Canada. His recent achievements include First Prize and six Special Prizes at the Halina Czerny-Stefańska in Memoriam International Piano Competition in Poznań, First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam Competition in Bydgoszcz, as well as the Audience Prize and special awards for outstanding artistic creation and for his contribution to Polish music at the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition.
Szymon Nehring’s early musical studies were with Professor Stefan Wojtas at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, and with Olga Łazarska in Kraków at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Primary Music School and the Fryderyk Chopin Secondary Music School for 11 years.
The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition began in 1974 at the initiative of the late Jan Jacob Bistritzky, whose aim was to unite the name and the artistic legacy of Arthur Rubinstein with the cultural life of Israel.
Conceived in the spirit of this legendary pianist and launched with his blessing, this triennial event in Tel Aviv is committed to attaining standards of the highest order and is a respected international forum for presenting talented, aspiring young pianists and fostering their careers. The Arthur Rubinstein Award and other prizes are given to young pianists whose skills reveal outstanding musicianship as well as the ability to render versatile, artistically superior interpretations of works ranging from the pre-classical to the contemporary. Since its inception, the Competition has commissioned 25 works by Israeli composers. Previous notable first prize winners of the Competition include Emanuel Ax (who won during its inaugural year), Jeffrey Kahane, Kirill Gerstein and Daniil Trifonov. The 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition took place from April 25 – May 11, 2017.