Pianist Jan Lisiecki’s profound, insightful interpretations and refined technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. At 24, the Canadian has long secured himself a place among the upper echelon of pianists, his career at the top of the international concert scene spanning over a decade.
Lisiecki performs over a hundred yearly concerts in the most prestigious halls, and has worked closely with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors like Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding and Claudio Abbado.
Following his Night Music recitals – hailed as “intoxicating” (Spiegel Online), “divine” (RP) and a “metaphysical sound experience” (HAZ) – he will bring a new solo recital program to Europe and North America. This season also sees him perform Lieder recitals with baritone Matthias Goerne in Paris, London, Hamburg, Munich and New York’s Lincoln Center, and a series of Beethoven concerto cycles with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
He will continue his collaboration with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on tour, returning to Carnegie Hall and Elbphilharmonie. Further return invitations include Boston Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons for a debut at Tanglewood, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala with Riccardo Chailly, Santa Cecilia and Camerata Salzburg.
Lisiecki has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. He made his debut with the NAC Orchestra in 2006, and has played with the Orchestra many times since, both at the National Arts Centre and on tour. He makes his subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck in December 2019.
Having signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon at 15, 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, will be the first within the label’s celebration of the Beethoven Year 2020.
Previous albums feature works by Mendelssohn with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Chopin with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański. For the latter, Lisiecki received both the ECHO Klassik and the JUNO Award, respectively Germany’s and Canada’s most significant recognitions in the music industry.
At 18, Jan Lisiecki became both the youngest-ever recipient of Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year award and received the Leonard Bernstein award at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
Jan Lisiecki was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada in 2012.
Jan Lisiecki is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at Dorn Music.
In 1972, a group of young artists made history by creating an orchestra without a conductor in which musicians led themselves democratically. Since then, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has recorded over 70 albums on all major classical labels, toured to 46 countries across four continents, and collaborated with hundreds of world-class soloists.
Orpheus’ 34 member musicians work together as a collective and rotate leadership roles for all works performed, giving flight to unconventional interpretations. This democratic structure also extends to organizational functions including programming and governance: the Orchestra elects three members to Artistic Director positions and three to the Board of Trustees.
An essential part of New York City’s cultural landscape, Orpheus presents an annual series at Carnegie Hall and 92Y. Orpheus tours to major international venues and has appeared regularly in Japan for 30 years; recent engagements include the Prague Spring and Dresden Music Festivals and a 12-concert tour of Asia.
The Orchestra’s extensive discography includes a February 2019 release on Deutsche Grammophon of Mendelssohn concertos with pianist Jan Lisiecki. Champions of chamber orchestra repertoire, Orpheus has commissioned and premiered over 50 new works.
Orpheus shares its collaborative model through education and community engagement initiatives that promote equity and access to the arts for listeners of all ages around the world. These include programs for K-12 students, opportunities for emerging professional musicians, and a music and wellness program for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.
Orpheus’ 2019–2020 New York performance season features collaborations with Vadim Gluzman, Tine Thing Helseth and the Sphinx Virtuosi. The season opens with a new commission by the Orchestra’s first-ever Artistic Partner, composer and violinist Jessie Montgomery. Orpheus’ 2019–2020 touring schedule includes appearances in Germany, Canada, and across the United States. In March, Orpheus will perform A Harlem Dream, an original collaboration with the Classical Theatre of Harlem at the SHIFT: Festival of American Orchestras, co-presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is represented by Dorn Music LLC.
Orpheus has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, EMI Classics, BMG/RCA Red Seal, Decca, Nonesuch, Verve, Avex Classics, and its own label, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Records.
Born in New York City, 1981
Now living in Princeton, New Jersey
Jessie Montgomery began classical violin lessons at age four, but she learned just as much from the days she spent at her father’s rehearsal studio for rock and jazz bands in Manhattan’s East Village. Since studying violin performance at The Juilliard School and film scoring at New York University, she has established herself as an essential composer, performer and educator within New York’s dynamic music scene, and she brings all of those talents to her new role as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s first-ever Artistic Partner. Montgomery’s previous Orpheus commission, Records from a Vanishing City, helped spark her meteoric rise in the orchestral world; that work has received an exceptional number of follow-up performances for a contemporary score, and further commissions from the likes of the New York Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra will keep Montgomery’s orchestral catalogue expanding for years to come.