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Tour Dates

09/12/2019Chamber Music Hall / Tsinandali, Georgia
09/13/2019Chamber Music Hall / Tsinandali, Georgia
09/21/2019Concert Hall / Kyoto, Japan
09/22/2019Concert Hall / Kyoto, Japan
09/26/2019Carnegie Hall / New York, USA
10/04/2019Arts Commons / Calgary, Canada
10/05/2019Arts Commons / Calgary, Canada
10/15/2019National Arts Centre / Ottawa, Canada
10/16/2019Queen's University / Kingston, Canada
10/21/2019Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
10/22/2019Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
10/29/2019Tonhalle / D?sseldorf, Germany
10/30/2019Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany
10/31/2019Glocke / Bremen, Germany
11/02/2019Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany
11/03/2019Hannover Congress Centrum / Hanover, Germany
11/04/2019Philharmonie / Berlin, Germany
11/07/2019Olavshallen / Trondheim, Norway
11/21/2019Maison de la Radio France/ Paris, France
11/26/2019Teatro Verdi / Milan, Italy
12/02/2019Teatro Carlos Felice / Genova, Italy
12/05/2019Philharmonie Gasteig / Munich, Germany
12/06/2019Philharmonie Gasteig / Munich, Germany
12/07/2019Philharmonie Gasteig / Munich, Germany
12/12/2019Symphony Center / Chicago, IL
12/12/2019Symphony Center / Chicago, IL
12/12/2019Symphony Center / Chicago, IL
12/12/2019Symphony Center / Chicago, IL
12/13/2019Symphony Center / Chicago, IL
12/14/2019Symphony Center / Chicago, IL
01/06/2020Gulbenkian / Lisbon, Portugal
01/11/2020Tonhalle / Dusseldorf, Germany
01/12/2020Theater / Munster, Germany
01/13/2020Stadthalle / Brunswick, Germany
01/14/2020Rudolf-Oetker-Halle / Bielefeld, Germany
01/15/2020Laeiszhalle / Hamburg, Germany
01/17/2020Kultur-Casino / Bern, Switzerland
01/21/2020Philharmonie / Cologne, Germany
01/22/2020Theatre des Champs-Elysees / Paris, France
01/24/2020Prinzregententheater / Munich, Germany
01/25/2020Schloss Elmau / Krun, Germany
01/27/2020Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
01/31/2020Duke University / Durham, NC
02/05/2020Place des Arts / Montreal, Canada
02/08/2020Place des Arts / Montreal, Canada
02/12/2020Philharmonie / Cologne, Germany
02/13/2020Concertgebouw / Amsterdam, Netherlands
02/20/2020Philarhmonie / Berlin, Germany
02/21/2020Philarhmonie / Berlin, Germany
02/24/2020Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Rome, Italy
03/20/2020Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
03/22/2020Prinzregententheater / Munich, Germany
03/25/2020Liederhalle / Stuttgart, Germany
03/26/2020Konzerthaus / Karlsruhe, Germany

Jan Lisiecki: Bio

The New York Times has called 18-year-old Canadian Jan Lisiecki "a pianist who makes every note count". Having signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 15, his debut recording on the prestigious label features Mozart's Piano Concertos K. 466 & 467 with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Christian Zacharias. Nominated for a Juno Award for classical album of the year 2013, the CD was described by the New York Times as "pristine, lyrical and intelligent […] direct, unmannered and fresh". Lisiecki's second DG album, released in April 2013, features Chopin's Études op. 10 and op. 25.

Recognised for his poetic and mature playing, Lisiecki has been awarded many prestigious awards. In 2013, he received the Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, in 2011, Jeune Soliste des Radios Francophones, and in 2010, Révélations Radio-Canada Musique. In 2012 he was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada after being a National Youth Representative since 2008. 2013 performance highlights include Lisiecki's debut with Claudio Abbado and Orchestra Mozart, his BBC Proms debut with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at Royal Albert Hall in London, and his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Bravo Vail Festival. Jan's official subscription debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra is scheduled for April 2014 where he will be performing three different Mozart concertos in one week. The 2013/14 season includes his debut with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milano under Daniel Harding, return engagements to Orchestre de Paris, debuts with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and NHK Symphony in Tokyo, recital debuts at Santa Cecilia in Rome, in San Francisco, as well as his Wigmore Hall debut in London. Since the 2012/13 season Jan is a member of Konzerthaus Dortmund's series "Junge Wilde".

Highlights of past seasons included Lisiecki's New York Philharmonic subscription debut under David Zinman, the season opening concert of Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, and his debut with the BBC Symphony under Jiří Bělohlávek. Lisiecki has played at Aver Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, Salle Pleyel, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Vienna, and Suntory Hall. He has substituted for Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire, and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, and Emanuel Ax. He has performed in Armenia, Belgium, Brasil, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA, and throughout Canada. Worldwide recital debuts included Berlin, Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Gstaad, Hamburg, Lisbon, Nagoya, Osaka, Seattle, Tokyo, Vienna, and Zurich. Since summer 2011 Jan has appeared frequently at various festivals including Verbier, Radio France, La Roque d'Anthéron and Chopin and his Europe.

Lisiecki's live performances of both Chopin piano concertos with Sinfonia Varsovia and Howard Shelley were released in 2010 by the Chopin Institute in Warsaw. The recording received the Diapason Découverte award in May 2010; Diapason describes Jan as "an unmannered virtuoso already with virile and, above all, irresistibly natural playing." The BBC Music Magazine commended "Lisiecki's mature musicality," and his "sensitively distilled" interpretation of the contrasting concerti, played "with sparkling technique as well as idiomatic pathos," noting that "even in a crowded CD catalogue, this refreshingly unhyped debut release is one to celebrate."

Jan's performances have been broadcast on CBC Canada, BBC Radio, Austrian Radio, French Radio, German Radio, Luxembourg Radio, and Polish Radio, as well as on French Television 3 and on TV 1 and 2 in Poland. He was featured in the CBC "Next!" series as one of the most promising young artists in Canada, and in the 2009 Joe Schlesinger CBC National News documentary about his life: "The Reluctant Prodigy". In May 2013 the German ZDF featured Jan in the news show "Heute Journal".

Upon the school board's recommendation Jan was accelerated four grades and graduated from high school in January 2011. Since September 2011 he has been studying for a Bachelor of Music at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, Canada.

1 Concerto for Piano & Orchestra #1 in G minor op. 25 - Molto allegro con fuoco  
2 Andante  
3 Presto-Molto allegro e vivace  
4 17 Variations serieuses in D minor op. 54 - Tema. Andante sostenuto  
5 Variation 1  
6 Variation 2. Un poco piu animato  
7 Variation 3. Piu animato  
8 Variation 4. Sempre staccato e leggiero  
9 Variation 5. Agitato. Legato ed espressivo  
10 Variation 6. A tempo  
11 Variation 7. Con fuoco  
12 Variation 8. Allegro vivace  
13 Variation 9  
14 Variation 10. Moderato  
15 Variation 11. Cantabile  
16 Variation 12. Tempo del tema  
17 Variation 13. Sempre assai leggiero. Sempre assai marcato  
18 Variation 14. Adagio  
19 Variation 15. Poco a poco piu agitato  
20 Variation 16. Allegro vivace  
21 Variation 17  
22 Concerto for Piano & Orchestra #2 in D minor op. 40 - Allegro appassionato  
23 Adagio. Molto sostenuto-attacca  
24 Finale. Presto scherzando  
25 Rondo capriccioso in E major op. 14 - Andante  
26 Presto leggiero  
27 Song Without Words in G minor 'Venetian Gondola Song' op. 19b/6 - Andante sostenuto  
Venetian Gondola Song
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Jan Lisiecki - Moving Classics Interview
TEATRO E/O MUSICA, CHIUDE RASSEGNA

Acclaimed 23-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki joins forces with the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to release Mendelssohn on Deutsche Grammophon on February 1. The album explores a pair of early Romantic masterpieces: Mendelssohn's Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor, complemented with a selection of Mendelssohn's most brilliant pieces for solo piano: the Variations sérieuses, the Rondo capriccioso and the "Venetian Boat Song" from the Songs without Words.

Felix Mendelssohn was a year younger than Lisiecki is now when he wrote his First Piano Concerto in G minor; the work was dedicated to the seventeen-year-old pianist Delphine von Schauroth. Cast in three movements, it is a lively, spirited work, at times requiring lightning-quick playing. Lisiecki finds it remarkable that the concerto begins as if "in the middle of a piece," and particularly appreciates the buoyancy of this early work – he thinks of it as like "a nature trip" and notes that its "lightness of touch ... reminds [him] very much of playing Mozart."