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Tour Dates

02/01/2019Philharmonie Essen / Essen, Germany
02/04/2019Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany
02/05/2019Alte Oper / Frankfurt, Germany
02/06/2019Tonhalle Dusseldorf / Dusseldorf, Germany
02/07/2019Meistersingerhalle / Nurnberg, Germany
02/08/2019Kuppelsaal / Hannover, Germany
02/10/2019Teatro Petruzzelli / Bari, Italy
02/14/2019Teatro Verdi / Florence, Italy
02/15/2019Orchestra della Toscana / Empoli, Italy
02/16/2019Teatro Manzoni / Pistoia, Italy
02/18/2019Teatro Politeama / Poggibonsi, Italy
02/19/2019Teatro Fraschini / Pavia, Italy
02/20/2019Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi / Turin, Italy
02/21/2019Conservatorio di Milano / Milano, Italy
02/22/2019Cinema Teatro / Chiasso, Switzerland
02/23/2019Teatro della Pergola / Florence, Italy
02/24/2019Theater Casino Zug / Zug, Switzerland
02/26/2019Fazioli Concert Hall / Sacile, Italy
03/02/2019Wolf Performance Hall / London, Canada
03/03/2019Koerner Hall / Toronto, ON
03/04/2019The Isabel / Kingston, Canada
03/07/2019Verizon Hall / Philadelphia, PA
03/08/2019Carnegie Hall / New York, NY
03/09/2019Verizon Hall / Philadelphia, PA
03/10/2019Verizon Hall / Philadelphia, PA
03/15/2019New Jersey Performing Arts Center / Newark, NJ
03/18/2019Matthews Theatre / Princeton, NJ
03/25/2019Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli Cremona / Cremona, Italy
03/28/2019Oslo Concert Hall / Oslo, Norway
03/31/2019Haus fur Mozart / Salzburg, Austria
04/03/2019Kurhaus Wiesbaden / Wiesbaden, Germany
04/05/2019Royal Festival Hall / London, UK
04/06/2019Brighton Dome / Brighton, UK
04/07/2019Congress Theatre / Eastbourne, UK
04/12/2019Copley Symphony Hall / San Diego, CA
04/13/2019Copley Symphony Hall / San Diego, CA
04/17/2019Southam Hall / Ottawa, ON
04/18/2019Southam Hall / Ottawa, ON
04/24/2019Westminster United Church / Winnipeg, MB
04/27/2019Teatro Verdi / Sassari, Italy
04/29/2019Teatro Ristori di Verona / Verona, Italy
05/02/2019KKL Luzern / Lucerne, Switzerland
05/07/2019Die Glocke / Bremen, Germany
05/09/2019Eurogress / Aachen, Germany
05/12/2019Saffron Hall / Saffron Walden, UK
05/14/2019Cadogan Hall / London, UK
05/20/2019Audimax Der Universitat / Regensburg, Germany
05/21/2019Dvorak Hall / Prague, Czechia
05/23/2019Philharmonie Essen / Essen, Germany
05/24/2019Liederhalle / Stuttgart, Germany
05/25/2019Rosengarten Mozartsaal / Mannheim, Germany
05/26/2019Philharmonie / Cologne, Germany
05/28/2019Kulturpalast Dresden / Dresden, Germany
06/01/2019Library of Congress / Washington, DC
06/05/2019Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto, ON

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
Jan Lisiecki - Moving Classics Interview

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."