Hubert Rutkowski’s musical interpretations are influenced by his thorough study of the particular ‘piano school’ aesthetic attributed to the late 19th century. Therefore, it is the pianistic tradition of Frederyk Chopin, Theodor Leschetizky and subsequently influenced pianists, such as Karol Mikuli, Moritz Rosenthal, Raul Koczalski und Artur Schnabel, that form the basis of his artistic identitiy.
He won the International Chopin Piano Competition in Hannover (2007). He received also the distinction “Medalla per Unanimitat” at the International Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona (2006). In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Berenberg Cultural Prize in Hamburg.
The pianist is a graduate of the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the class of professor Anna Jastrzębska-Quinn. 2005-2010, he completed postgraduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg in the class of professor Evgeni Koroliov.
Since a few years Hubert Rutkowski has been passionate about historic pianos from XIX century. He works, as a pianist and a teacher, with the collection of historic pianos at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. In 2013 Hubert Rutkowski recorded a CD with early piano works by Debussys on the Erard piano (1880) for Piano Classics. In 2018 followed the recording with Chopin‘s piano works on the Pleyel piano (1847).
The recording of piano works by Julian Fontana, F. Chopin’s friend and pupil as well as piano pieces by Theodor Leschetizky for Acte Préalable Label (2007, 2008) was a significant moment in Hubert Rutkowski’s career. In the Chopin Year 2010, he recorded for Naxos Label a CD “Pupils of Chopin” with piano works composed by Chopin’s pupils. Since then, he has been giving performances in most countries in Europe, Asia, Latin American and the USA. Hubert Rutkowski performed at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Piano Festival in Husum Castle, Mozart Festival in Warsaw, Ars Longa Festival in Moscow, Paderewski Festival in Los Angeles, Artur Rubinstein Festival in Łódź and at the Paderewski International Music Festival in Warsaw.
He has also performed with eminent soloists and conductors, including Lilya Zilberstein, Alexei Lubimov, Łukasz Borowicz, Martin Haselböck, Jamie Phillips and José Maria Florêncio.
Hubert Rutkowski is an artistic director of the Chopin Festival in Hamburg as well as director of the Leschetizky International Piano Competition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.
Since April 2010 he has served as a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg as one of the youngest professors in Germany. Since Januar 2014 he ist a head of piano departement.