Jan Lisiecki

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Jan Lisiecki
Lisiecki in 2010
Background information
Birth nameJan Miłosz Lisiecki
Born (1995-03-23) March 23, 1995 (age 23)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Years active2004–present
LabelsDeutsche Grammophon

Jan Miłosz Lisiecki (born March 23, 1995) is a Canadian classical pianist of Polish descent. In addition to performing in live concerts, he has been a recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon since 2010.

Early life and career[edit]

Lisiecki was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Polish parents. He began studying piano at the age of five. Lisiecki had his orchestral debut at the age of 9.

Lisiecki and has performed with orchestras in Canada and internationally, including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Lisiecki has performed with conductors Claudio Abbado, David Zinman, Paavo Järvi, Antonio Pappano, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

On January 1, 2010 Lisiecki opened the Chopin 200th Birthday celebrations from the composer’s birthplace, Żelazowa Wola. The same month, he performed Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E minor at the MIDEM Classical Awards Gala in Cannes, France. Lisiecki performed for Queen Elizabeth II and 100,000 people on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, as part of the Canada Day 2011 celebrations.

Lisiecki has played at the Royal Albert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Salle Pleyel, Tonhalle Zürich, Konzerthaus Vienna, and Suntory Hall, and has substituted for pianists such as Martha Argerich,[1] Radu Lupu,[2] and Nelson Freire. Lisiecki has performed at concert venues in Armenia, Belgium, Brasil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guatemala, Greece, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden. Switzerland, UK, and the USA. Lisiecki has appeared at festivals including the Verbier Festival, Festival de La Roque-d'Anthéron, Merano Festival, Chopin and his Europe Festival and many others in Canada and the USA.

In 2008, Lisiecki performed the Chopin F minor Concerto and was named the sensation of the festival "Chopin and His Europe" in Poland. In 2009, he returned to Warsaw, performing the Chopin E minor Concerto. Lisiecki's debut CD, featuring these two live performances, with Sinfonia Varsovia and Howard Shelley, was released in early 2010 by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. The CD was awarded the Diapason d’Or Découverte award in May 2010. The Diapason magazine describes Lisiecki as "an unmannered virtuoso already with virile, and above all, irresistibly natural playing." BBC Music Magazine’s July 2010 review commended "Lisiecki's mature musicality," and his "sensitively distilled" interpretation of the contrasting concerti, played "with sparkling technique as well as idiomatic pathos", noting that "even in a crowded CD catalogue, this refreshingly unhyped CD release is one to celebrate".

Lisiecki was featured in the CBC Next! Series on March 1, 2009, on Sunday Afternoon in Concert as one of the most promising young artists in Canada. On September 7, 2009, CBC National News broadcast a Joe Schlesinger documentary about Lisiecki, "A Reluctant Prodigy". In April, 2013, Lisiecki was named one of Canada's future leaders by Maclean's Magazine.[3] In May 2013, he was featured by the national German television ZDF in the Heute Journal.[4]

In June 2008, Lisiecki was appointed a National Youth Representative by UNICEF Canada.[5] Since 2012, Lisiecki is a UNICEF Canada Ambassador.[6]

Upon the school board’s recommendation, Lisiecki was accelerated four grades. In January 2011, he graduated from Western Canada High School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He completed his undergraduate studies at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music,[7] where he was admitted on a full scholarship.

In October 2010, Lisiecki and Deutsche Grammophon signed an exclusive recording-agreement.[8] Lisiecki’s debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon features Mozart’s Piano Concertos no. 20, K. 466 and no. 21, K. 467 and was released internationally on April 16, 2012.[9] Lisiecki was signed by IMG Artists in 2010 and has been represented by Dorn Music since 2016.


Portrait of Lisiecki in 2008
Lisiecki at the piano


Recognized for his poetic and mature playing, Lisiecki has received many prestigious awards. He has won numerous major Canadian music titles. In 2009 he was awarded Grand Prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition (the youngest in history).[23] In 2008, he won the Grand Award in both the Canadian Music Competitions (June 2008) and the Canadian Music Festival (August 2008, as the youngest in history). He is a prize winner in seven international competitions in the USA, Italy, England, and Japan.


  1. ^ [1], Slipped Disc, March 14, 2013 Archived May 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ [2] Antwerp Symphony Orchestra website
  3. ^ [3], Maclean's, April 12, 2013
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013., Heute Journal, May 2013
  5. ^ [4], Calgary Herald, November 3, 2008
  6. ^ [5], UNICEF website
  7. ^ "The secret to the Glenn Gould School: 'Brilliance always works'". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2013., Calgary Herald, September 30, 2010
  9. ^ [6], New York Times March 29, 2013
  10. ^ [7], Fryderyk Chopin Institute June 10, 2013
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 18, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2013., Jan Lisiecki website June 10, 2013
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-19., Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry June 10, 2013
  13. ^ [8], Deutsche Grammophon June 10, 2013
  14. ^ [9], Calgary Herald April 18, 2013
  15. ^ [10], Deutsche Grammophon June 10, 2013
  16. ^ [11], Musical Toronto, April 23, 2013
  17. ^ [12], Whole Note Magazine, June 2, 2013
  18. ^ [13], The Toronto Star, April 22, 2013
  19. ^ [14] Archived March 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Juno Awards 2014
  20. ^ [15], Deutsche Grammophon catalogue
  21. ^ "Junos 2018: the complete list of winners". CBC News, · March 25, 2018
  22. ^ [16]Echo Klassik press release, July 27, 2017
  23. ^ [17], The Globe and Mail, January 13, 2010
  24. ^ [18] The Globe and Mail, September 19, 2013
  25. ^ [19] Culture.pl, September 2, 2013
  26. ^ [20] Canadian Chopin Society, March 3, 2013

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