DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON SIGNS EXCLUSIVE RECORDING-AGREEMENT WITH CANADIAN PIANIST
Photo: © Andras Schram
Hamburg, February 2011. Deutsche Grammophon is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive recording-agreement with the young Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki.
Already recognized around the world for his poetic and mature playing, Lisiecki has received several awards, including the 2010 Révélations Radio-Canada Musique and the 2011 Jeune Soliste des Radios Francophones. In 2009 he won the Grand Prize in the OSM Standard Life Competition, becoming the youngest winner in the competition’s 75-year history.
Jan Lisiecki will be the soloist of the 2011/2012 season opening concert of the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi at Salle Pleyel. Other upcoming concert highlights include debuts with the BBC Symphony at the Barbican in London, the Leipzig Radio Symphony at Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Göteborgs Symfoniker. He will return to Japan with recitals in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. European recital debuts include Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Gstaad, Hamburg, Lisbon, Vienna, and Zurich. In summer 2011 he will make his festival debuts at the Verbier and Radio France Festivals. Recent and upcoming engagements in North America include recital debuts in Chicago and Seattle, as well as orchestral appearances with the Toronto Symphony under Peter Oundjian and Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain under its music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
“With Deutsche Grammophon’s history of over 100 years, it is amazing to look through the catalogue and see the names of all the great artists that have some of their artistic souls with us,” said Jan Lisiecki. “To be with DG makes me feel happy, excited, and privileged – it also reinforces the idea that music is larger than any single artist – as DG encompasses the entire spectrum of this art.”
Michael Lang, President of Deutsche Grammophon, says: “Jan Lisiecki is a phenomenal young artist who combines exceptional maturity with a rare dedication and joy in music-making. Given his passion for hard work, Jan is certain to reach his ambitious goals. We are pleased to welcome him to our family of pianists.”
Lisiecki’s debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon will be Mozart’s Piano Concertos no. 20, K. 466 and no. 21, K. 467.
Born in Calgary in 1995 to Polish parents, he has played at Carnegie Hall, the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Centre, and Salle Cortot – and has shared the stage with Emanuel Ax, James Ehnes, Yo-Yo Ma, and Pinchas Zukerman. He has performed throughout Canada, in China, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Scotland, and the United States. In 2010, Jan was asked to substitute for Nelson Freire in four concerts in France. He opened the Seoul International Music Festival in Korea and performed for HM Queen Elizabeth and an audience of 100,000 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute releasedJan Lisiecki’s live performances of both Chopin concertos with Sinfonia Varsovia and Howard Shelley in early 2010. The CD was awarded the prestigious Diapason Découverte in May 2010. Diapason describes Lisiecki as “an unmannered virtuoso already with virile and, above all, irresistibly natural playing”. The BBC Music Magazine commended “Lisiecki’s mature musicality”, and his “sensitively distilled” interpretation of the contrasting concerti, playing “with sparkling technique as well as idiomatic pathos” noting that “even in a crowded CD catalogue, this refreshingly unhyped debut release is one to celebrate”.
Also a dedicated performer of chamber music, he has collaborated with the New Zealand String Quartet, Quatuor Ébène, and the Penderecki String Quartet, appearing at festivals including Auvers-sur-Oise, Menton, Merano, Seoul, Warsaw “Chopin and his Europe”, and many others in Canada and the USA.
Jan Lisiecki’s performances have been broadcast on CBC Canada, BBC Radio, Austrian Radio, French Radio, German Radio, Luxembourg Radio, Polish Radio, as well as on French Television 3 and on TV 1 and 2 in Poland. He was featured in the CBC Next! series as one of the most promising young artists in Canada, and in the Joe Schlesinger 2009 CBC National News documentary The Reluctant Prodigy.
Jan performs frequently for various charity organizations, including the David Foster Foundation, the Polish Humanitarian Organization, and the Wish Upon a Star Foundation. In June 2008 he was appointed a National Youth Representative by UNICEF Canada.
Having just graduated from high school in Calgary, Jan Lisiecki will be entering the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto on a full scholarship in September 2011.
Jan Lisiecki is represented worldwide by IMG Artists.