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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Jan Lisiecki – Life and career, Discography, Awards

Δεκαεννέα ετών μόλις (γεν. 23 Μαρτίου 1995), ο Πολωνοκαναδός πιανίστας-φαινόμενο Γιαν Λισιέτσκι φημίζεται για την εκφραστικότητα και την ωριμότητα της ερμηνείας του. Δίνει ατομικά ρεσιτάλ στις μεγαλύτερες αίθουσες του κόσμου ενώ συνεργάζεται με ορχήστρες όπως η Συμφωνική του BBC, η Συμφωνική της Ραδιοφωνίας της Λειψίας, η Ακαδημία της Αγίας Καικιλίας της Ρώμης, η Ορχήστρα του Παρισιού, κλπ. Το 2012 έκανε το ντεμπούτο του με τη Φιλαρμονική της Νέας Υόρκης στο Avery Fisher Hall. Σε ηλικία δεκαπέντε ετών υπέγραψε αποκλειστικό συμβόλαιο συνεργασίας με την Deutsche Grammophon. Το 2010 το Ινστιτούτο Φρεντερίκ Σοπέν κυκλοφόρησε ζωντανές ηχογραφήσεις του με τα δύο Κοντσέρτα του Σοπέν (με την ορχήστρα Sinfonia της Βαρσοβίας και τον Χάουαρντ Σέλλεϋ), δίσκος που βραβεύτηκε με το Diapason Découverte. Για την Deutsche Grammophon έχει ηχογραφήσει πρόσφατα δύο ακόμη άλμπουμ: Κοντσέρτα για πιάνο No.21 και No.22 του Μότσαρτ, και Etudes του Σοπέν. Από τα Gramophone Awards, το 2013 του απονεμήθηκε ο τίτλος του Νέου Καλλιτέχνη της χρονιάς.

Jan Miłosz Lisiecki was born (March 23, 1995) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Polish parents. He began studying piano at the age of five. Jan had his orchestral debut at the age of 9, and has since performed with orchestras in Canada and internationally, including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Jan has performed with conductors Claudio Abbado, David Zinman, Paavo Järvi, Antonio Pappano, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. On January 1, 2010 Jan opened the Chopin 200th Birthday celebrations from the composer's birthplace, Żelazowa Wola. The same month, he performed Chopin Concerto No.1 in E minor at the MIDEM Classical Awards Gala in Cannes, France. Jan performed for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and a hundred thousand people on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, as part of the Canada Day 2011 celebrations.

Jan has played at The Royal Albert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Salle Pleyel, Tonhalle Zürich, Konzerthaus Vienna, and Suntory Hall, and has substituted for pianists such as Martha Argerich, and Nelson Freire. Jan has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, James Ehnes, and Emanuel Ax, performing at various concert venues in USA, Korea, China, Japan, Poland, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Guatemala, Brazil, and throughout Canada. Jan has appeared at festivals including the Verbier Festival, Festival de la Roque d'Antheron, Merano Festival, Chopin and his Europe Festival and many others in Canada and the USA.

Recognized for his poetic and mature playing, Lisiecki has received many prestigious awards. Jan has won numerous major Canadian music titles. In 2009 he was awarded Grand Prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition (the youngest in history). In 2008, he won the Grand Award in both the Canadian Music Competitions (June 2008) and the Canadian Music Festival (August 2008, as the youngest in history). Jan is a prize winner in seven international competitions in the USA, Italy, England, and Japan.

In 2008, Jan performed the Chopin F minor Concerto and was named the sensation of the prestigious festival "Chopin and His Europe" in Poland. In 2009, he returned to Warsaw, performing the Chopin E minor Concerto, and received glowing reviews and praise from critics. The concerts were broadcast by the Polish Radio 2. Jan’s debut CD, featuring these two live performances, with Sinfonia Varsovia and Howard Shelley, was released in early 2010 by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute as catalogue No.1 on the new "White Series". The CD was awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or Découverte award in May 2010. The Diapason magazine describes Lisiecki as "an unmannered virtuoso already with virile, and above all, irresistibly natural playing." BBC Music Magazine's July 2010 review 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 CD release is one to celebrate".

His performances have been broadcast internationally on CBC Radio in Canada, Polish Radio, Radio France, Radio Luxembourg, Austrian Radio, and German Radio, as well as on French Television 3 and the TV 1 and 2 in Poland. Jan was featured in the CBC Next! Series on March 1, 2009, on Sunday Afternoon in Concert as one of the most promising young artists in Canada. On September 7, 2009, CBC National News broadcast a Joe Schlesinger documentary about Jan, "A Reluctant Prodigy". In April, 2013, Lisiecki was named one of Canada's future leaders by Maclean's Magazine. In May 2013, he was featured by the national German television ZDF in the Heute Journal.

In June 2008, Jan was appointed a National Youth Representative by UNICEF Canada. Since 2012, Jan is a UNICEF Canada Ambassador.

Upon the school board's recommendation Jan was accelerated four grades. In January 2011, he graduated from Western Canada High School in Calgary, Canada. Since September 2011 he has been studying with Marc Durand for a Bachelor of Music at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto on a full scholarship.

In October 2010 Jan Lisiecki and Deutsche Grammophon signed an exclusive recording-agreement. Lisiecki's debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon features Mozart's Piano Concertos No.20, K.466 and No.21, K.467 and was released internationally on April 16, 2012. Since 2010 Jan is represented by IMG Artists.

Δισκογραφία – Discography

"Chopin: Études" (2013)
Jan Lisiecki, piano
2014 Juno Nominee - Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble
Grammophone Magazine Editor's Choice, October 2013

Mozart: Piano Concertos K.466, No.20, in D minor and K.467, No.21, in C Major" (2012)
Jan Lisiecki, piano
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Christian Zacharias, conductor
2013 Juno Nominee - Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) With Large Ensemble Accompaniment

"Chopin: Piano Concertos No.1 and No.2" (2010)
Jan Lisiecki, piano
Sinfonia Varsovia
Howard Shelley, conductor
Diapason d'Or Découverte Award, May 2010
Gold Award, Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry

Βραβεία – Awards

2013 Gramophone Young Artist of the Year

2013 Leonard Bernstein Award, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival

2013 Canadian Chopin Society Artist Recognition Award

See also

Ludwig van Beethoven: Choral Fantasy – Jan Lisiecki, Sinfonia Varsovia, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir, Grzegorz Nowak (HD 1080p)

Jan Lisiecki at Carnegie Hall with Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin

J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart & Franz Schubert – Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux, Jan Lisiecki, Christian Zacharias

Ludwig van Beethoven: Choral Fantasy – Jan Lisiecki, Sinfonia Varsovia, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir, Grzegorz Nowak (HD 1080p)

Jan Lisiecki plays Ignacy Paderewski, Johann Sebastian Bach & Frederic Chopin

Frédéric Chopin: Étude Op.10, No.4, in C sharp minor - Jan Lisiecki

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor – Jan Lisiecki, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Frédéric Chopin: 3 Études from Op.25 – Jan Lisiecki

Frédéric Chopin: Waltz in C sharp minor – Jan Lisiecki

Jan Lisiecki plays Johann Sebastian Bach & Frédéric Chopin – Verbier Festival 2013

Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor – Jan Lisiecki

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