Weekly SNDtrack: Jan Lisiecki

By Anna Piszczkiewicz   Photos by DG/Mathias Bothor

Recognized around the world for his poetic and mature playing, Jan Lisiecki recorded Mozart’s piano concerts Nos. 20 and 21 on his debut album for Deutsche Grammophon. He is the youngest artist to sign a contract with the prestigious record label.

The 17-year-old classical pianist was born in Calgary to Polish parents. He played his first concert at the age of nine and has gone on to perform as a soloist with orchestras the world over.

Performance highlights from the 2011/12 season include the opening concert of the Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel, and debuts with the BBC Symphony, the Leipzig Radio Symphony and the Göteborgs Symfoniker.

In 2010, instead of participating in the renowned International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, he opened Chopin’s 200th birthday celebrations at the composers’ birthplace Żelazowa Wola.

His first album, a set of Chopin piano concertos – originally recorded as a radio broadcast when he was 13 – was released soon after. The performance captured Lisiecki’s interpretations of Chopin’s works and caught the attention of the classical music world.

Here he is playing on January 1st, 2010 at Żelazowa Wola, Chopin’s birthplace.

Since September 2011, Jan Lisiecki is a student (on a full scholarship) at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto. And besides studying for a Bachelor of Music, he has one hefty tour schedule.

Jan Lisiecki is a fiercely talented and passionate pianist, and a humble one at that. The young man mesmerized me when I had the opportunity to interview him last year and watch him play in rehearsal. I’m certain you will feel the same.

Below is one of his Deutsche Grammophon promotional videos.

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