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Matthias Goerne - Jan Lisiecki: Bio

Matthias Goerne was The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic for the 2018–19 season. In this role, he appeared with the Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden in Schubert and Strauss songs, Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem, and John Adams's The Wound-Dresser, and performed chamber music with Philharmonic musicians and pianist Daniil Trifonov. One of the world's most versatile and internationally sought-after vocalists, he is a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls and has collaborated with the world's leading orchestras, conductors, and pianists. Born in Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig and, later, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Mr. Goerne has appeared on the world's major opera stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, Madrid's Teatro Real, Opéra national de Paris, Vienna Staatsoper, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His Wagner roles have included Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Amfortas (Parsifal), Kurwenal (Tristan and Isolde), and Wotan (The Ring). Other notable roles include Orest (Richard Strauss's Elektra) and Jochanaan (Strauss's Salome) and the title roles in Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle and Berg's Wozzeck.

His artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, an ICMA Award, a Gramophone Award, the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award 2017, and a Diapason d'or arte. After his legendary recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Alfred Brendel for Universal Music, he recorded The Goerne / Schubert Edition, a series of select Schubert songs with eminent pianists, released on 12 CDs for Harmonia Mundi. He has received rave reviews for his latest recordings of Brahms songs with Christoph Eschenbach, Schumann songs with Markus Hinterhäuser, Mahler songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Wagner arias with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his New York Philharmonic residency, Matthias Goerne's 2018–19 season highlights included concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pittsburgh and Houston Symphony Orchestras, and with orchestras in Europe and Japan. He appeared as Kurwenal in Tristan and Isolde at Opéra national de Paris, and as Amfortas in Parsifal at the Vienna Staatsoper. Song recitals with Daniil Trifonov and Leif Ove Andsnes took him to Berlin's Philharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris, London's Wigmore Hall, Barcelona's Palau de la Música, and other major European venues.


Jan Lisiecki's interpretations and technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. At 25, the Canadian performs over a hundred yearly concerts worldwide, and has worked closely with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Claudio Abbado (†).

Following his acclaimed "Night Music" recitals, 2019 sees Lisiecki present both a new solo recital programme and a Beethoven Lieder programme with Matthias Goerne. Return invitations include Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Santa Cecilia, Camerata Salzburg, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for performances at Carnegie Hall and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Lisiecki has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra. Having signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon at fifteen, Lisiecki's sixth album for the label sees him leading the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the piano for all five Beethoven concertos. The September 2019 release, recorded live from Konzerthaus Berlin, is the first within the label's celebration of the Beethoven Year 2020. His earlier recordings have been awarded with the JUNO Award and ECHO Klassik.

At eighteen, Lisiecki became both the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone's Young Artist Award and received the Leonard Bernstein Award. He was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada in 2012.

Matthias Goerne - Jan Lisiecki

Ludwig van Beethoven Lieder - Songs

Deutsche Grammophon

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In 2020, the world celebrates the 250th anniversary of one of the greatest composers of all time - Ludwig van Beethoven! Acclaimed Lied singer Matthias Goerne is joined by pianist and DG exclusive artist Jan Lisiecki for a remarkable Beethoven recital. Though often eclipsed by his other compositions, Beethoven's Lieder (songs) are among his most intimate, poetic creations.  

This recording features 14 Lieder including two cycles: the "6 Lieder op. 48" and Beethoven's most famous song "An die ferne Geliebte op. 98" (To the distant beloved). Following Jan Lisiecki's celebrated Beethoven Concertos he is destined for Beethoven‘s unrightfully underrated songs. The Globe and Mail (Canada) wrote: Jan Lisiecki "revels in romantic sounds, while taking listeners on a playful musical journey". This record is part of DG's global BEETHOVEN 2020 campaign.

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