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Born in Calgary, Canada, to Polish parents in 1995, Jan Lisiecki began studying piano at the age of five, making his orchestral debut at the age of nine. He has since performed nationally and internationally at many of world’s leading concert halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus,and with many of the world’s finest conductors and orchestras. He signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 15, releasing albums in 2012 and 2013, and was nominated for Juno awards for both. The New York Times has called 20-year-old Jan Lisiecki ‘a pianist who makes every note count’. Highlights of the last few years include his debut with Claudio Abbado and Orchestra Mozart, his BBC Proms debut with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at London’s Royal Albert Hall, his debut with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milano and engagements with Orchestre de Paris and New York Philharmonic. April 2014 was a memorable month for Jan Lisiecki as he performed three different Mozart concertos in one week with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-S

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Born in Calgary, Canada, to Polish parents in 1995, Jan Lisiecki began studying piano at the age of five, making his orchestral debut at the age of nine. He has since performed nationally and internationally at many of world’s leading concert halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus,and with many of the world’s finest conductors and orchestras.

He signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 15, releasing
albums in 2012 and 2013, and was nominated for Juno awards for both.
The New York Times has called 20-year-old Jan Lisiecki ‘a pianist who makes every note count’.
Highlights of the last few years include his debut with Claudio Abbado and Orchestra Mozart,
his BBC Proms debut with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di
Santa Cecilia at London’s Royal Albert Hall, his debut with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in
Milano and engagements with Orchestre de Paris and New York Philharmonic.
April 2014 was a memorable month for Jan Lisiecki as he performed three different Mozart
concertos in one week with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Another
main event in 2015 will be his debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin.
Jan Lisiecki has received many prestigious awards, including most recently the Leonard Bernstein
Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Gramophone's Young Artist of the
Year Award in 2013.
His 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 TV1 and TV2 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. In 2012 he was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada.

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Reviews

"...perhaps the most 'complete' pianist of his age..."

BBC Music Magazine

"Whether or not you are a fan of classical music – it is practically impossible not to be a fan of Jan. "

The Desk: Canada's News Forum

"I don’t think, after six decades of concertgoing, I have ever heard a young man with the kind of mature musicianship and technical ease displayed by 16-year-old Jan Lisiecki."

The SunBreak

"Lisiecki's playing was revelatory. "

The Seattle Times

"The thought that the performer of the Chopin Concerto No. 1 is a 16-year-old virtuoso star disappears from the first note. His interpretation is remarkably mature, restrained, balanced, the timbre extremely refined. (Translation)"

Göteborgs-Posten

"This proved to be a performance of extraordinary accomplishment. The Schumann may be far from the most technically difficult in the romantic repertoire, but its bravura moments – especially the very opening gesture, and the athletic writing throughout the finale – were authoritatively delivered. More to the point, the sensitivity and intimacy of the bulk of the solo part were presented with exceptional maturity and poise. Pappano and his players dovetailed immaculately with the pianist, the orchestra's woodwind, in particular, offering many solo highlights. Lisiecki's encore – Chopin's posthumously published Nocturne in C sharp minor – confirmed an artist of remarkable refinement."

The Guardian

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Discography