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Tour Dates

01/06/2020Gulbenkian / Lisbon, Portugal
01/11/2020Tonhalle / Dusseldorf, Germany
01/12/2020Theater / Munster, Germany
01/13/2020Stadthalle / Brunswick, Germany
01/14/2020Rudolf-Oetker-Halle / Bielefeld, Germany
01/15/2020Laeiszhalle / Hamburg, Germany
01/17/2020Kultur-Casino / Bern, Switzerland
01/21/2020Philharmonie / Cologne, Germany
01/22/2020Theatre des Champs-Elysees / Paris, France
01/24/2020Prinzregententheater / Munich, Germany
01/25/2020Schloss Elmau / Krun, Germany
01/27/2020Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
01/31/2020Duke University / Durham, NC
01/31/2020Duke University / Durham, NC
02/05/2020Place des Arts / Montreal, Canada
02/08/2020Place des Arts / Montreal, Canada
02/12/2020Philharmonie / Cologne, Germany
02/13/2020Concertgebouw / Amsterdam, Netherlands
02/20/2020Philarhmonie / Berlin, Germany
02/21/2020Philarhmonie / Berlin, Germany
02/24/2020Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Rome, Italy
03/20/2020Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
03/22/2020Prinzregententheater / Munich, Germany
03/25/2020Liederhalle / Stuttgart, Germany
03/26/2020Konzerthaus / Karlsruhe, Germany
04/01/2020Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto, Canada
04/02/2020Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto, Canada
04/04/2020Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto, Canada
04/05/2020Centre for the Arts / Toronto, Canada
04/19/2020Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
04/20/2020Union Hall / Maribor, Solvenia
04/24/2020Royal Conservatory / Toronto, Canada
04/28/2020Lincoln Center / New York, NY
04/30/2020Princeton University / Princeton, NJ

Jan Lisiecki: Bio

Jan Lisiecki's interpretations and technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. At 25, the Canadian performs over a hundred yearly concerts worldwide, and has worked closely with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Claudio Abbado (†).

Following his acclaimed "Night Music" recitals, 2019 sees Lisiecki present both a new solo recital programme and a Beethoven Lieder programme with Matthias Goerne. Return invitations include Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Santa Cecilia, Camerata Salzburg, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for performances at Carnegie Hall and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Lisiecki has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra. Having signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon at fifteen, Lisiecki's sixth album for the label sees him leading the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the piano for all five Beethoven concertos. The September 2019 release, recorded live from Konzerthaus Berlin, is the first within the label's celebration of the Beethoven Year 2020. His earlier recordings have been awarded with the JUNO Award and ECHO Klassik.

At eighteen, Lisiecki became both the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone's Young Artist Award and received the Leonard Bernstein Award. He was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada in 2012.

1 Concerto for Piano & Orchestra #1 in G minor op. 25 - Molto allegro con fuoco  
2 Andante  
3 Presto-Molto allegro e vivace  
4 17 Variations serieuses in D minor op. 54 - Tema. Andante sostenuto  
5 Variation 1  
6 Variation 2. Un poco piu animato  
7 Variation 3. Piu animato  
8 Variation 4. Sempre staccato e leggiero  
9 Variation 5. Agitato. Legato ed espressivo  
10 Variation 6. A tempo  
11 Variation 7. Con fuoco  
12 Variation 8. Allegro vivace  
13 Variation 9  
14 Variation 10. Moderato  
15 Variation 11. Cantabile  
16 Variation 12. Tempo del tema  
17 Variation 13. Sempre assai leggiero. Sempre assai marcato  
18 Variation 14. Adagio  
19 Variation 15. Poco a poco piu agitato  
20 Variation 16. Allegro vivace  
21 Variation 17  
22 Concerto for Piano & Orchestra #2 in D minor op. 40 - Allegro appassionato  
23 Adagio. Molto sostenuto-attacca  
24 Finale. Presto scherzando  
25 Rondo capriccioso in E major op. 14 - Andante  
26 Presto leggiero  
27 Song Without Words in G minor 'Venetian Gondola Song' op. 19b/6 - Andante sostenuto  
Venetian Gondola Song
Jan Lisiecki - Moving Classics Interview

Acclaimed 23-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki joins forces with the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to release Mendelssohn on Deutsche Grammophon on February 1. The album explores a pair of early Romantic masterpieces: Mendelssohn's Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor, complemented with a selection of Mendelssohn's most brilliant pieces for solo piano: the Variations sérieuses, the Rondo capriccioso and the "Venetian Boat Song" from the Songs without Words.

Felix Mendelssohn was a year younger than Lisiecki is now when he wrote his First Piano Concerto in G minor; the work was dedicated to the seventeen-year-old pianist Delphine von Schauroth. Cast in three movements, it is a lively, spirited work, at times requiring lightning-quick playing. Lisiecki finds it remarkable that the concerto begins as if "in the middle of a piece," and particularly appreciates the buoyancy of this early work – he thinks of it as like "a nature trip" and notes that its "lightness of touch ... reminds [him] very much of playing Mozart."