‘The Piano World’s MacArthur Grant’ Goes to Rafal Blechacz

The 28-year-old has been named the seventh recipient of the $300,000 Gilmore Artist award, for which you can’t apply or even be told that you’re a candidate. Blechacz is in exalted company: his predecessors include Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Ingrid Fliter and Kirill Gerstein.