Zimerman studied at the University of Music in Katowice under Andrzej Jasinki. His career was launched when he won the 1975 Warsaw International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. He has toured widely and made a number of recordings. Since 1996 he has taught piano at the Academy of Music in Basel, Switzerland.Zimerman is best known for his interpretations of Romantic music, but has performed a wide variety of classical pieces as well. He has also been a supporter of contemporary music.