Jan Lisiecki’s interpretations and technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. At 27, the Canadian performs over a hundred yearly concerts worldwide, and has worked closely with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, Manfred Honeck, and the late Claudio Abbado.
In 2021/22, Lisiecki presents a new recital programme featuring Chopin’s Nocturnes and Études in more than 30 cities all around the globe. Recent return invitations include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for performances at Carnegie Hall and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Lisiecki recently performed a Beethoven Lieder cycle with baritone Matthias Goerne among others at the Salzburg Festival, and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony, and London Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of last summer include playing and conducing four complete Beethoven piano concerto cycles, both Chopin concerti with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, a return to the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London, and a sold-out residency at the Rheingau Musik Festival.
The 22/23 season will see Lisiecki in residence at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Philharmonie Köln. He will tour with Vienna Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, return to the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and play the season opening gala of the Seattle Symphony. In the spring of 2023 he returns to Teatro alla Scala in Milano, both in recital and with the Filarmonica della Scala.
At the age of fifteen, Lisiecki signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The label launched its celebrations of the Beethoven Year 2020 with the release of a live recording of all five Beethoven concertos from Konzerthaus Berlin, with Lisiecki leading the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields from the piano. His Beethoven Lieder cycle with Matthias Goerne, released shortly after, was awarded the Diapason d’Or. Lisiecki’s eighth recording for the prestigious label, a double album of Frédéric Chopin’s Complete Nocturnes which he also showcases in his current recital programme, appeared in August 2021 and in February 2022 on vinyl, immediately topping the classical charts in North America and Europe. Most recently, his previous solo programme Night Music, featuring works by Mozart, Ravel, Schumann, and Paderewski, was released as a digital album. His recordings have garnered JUNO and ECHO Klassik awards.
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.
This is his first appearance at PMF.