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Jan Lisiecki Scoops Coveted Gramophone Award
Photo: © Peter Spinney
Classical Music Awards
Internationally regarded as the Oscars of the Classical Music World, the 2013 Gramophone Awards were announced on 17 September during a ceremony held at LSO St Luke’s in London. Eighteen-year-old Polish pianist Jan Lisiecki has been named “Young Artist of the Year”. This special award tops a year in which Deutsche Grammophon took the “Contemporary” honour. Dutilleux: Correspondances, an extraordinary tribute to the composer on his 97th birthday, starring soprano Barbara Hannigan, cellist Anssi Karttunen and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Esa-Pekka Salonen, netted the “Contemporary” Award.
Lisiecki, whose debut Deutsche Grammophon recording of Mozart concertos was rapturously praised by Gramophone, performed Bach’s First Partita at the ceremony. Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić presented Julian Bream with his “Lifetime Achievement” Award.
Jan Lisiecki received his award from Royal Opera House music director Sir Antonio Pappano, who said Lisiecki’s playing “breathes youth”. Accepting the award, Lisiecki championed serious music, saying: “Classical music is essential to our culture and society.”
Gramophone editor-in-chief James Jolly said: “Still in his teens, Jan Lisiecki is a young pianist with a musical voice that belies his age,” adding, “in presenting this superb young player with our ‘Young Artist of the Year’ Award, we’re turning the spotlight on a musician with a golden future ahead of him.”