Pianist Jan Lisiecki, age 17, was born in Calgary to Polish parents. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Philharmonic Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Centre, and Paris’s Salle Cortot and has shared the stage with Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, and Pinchas Zukerman. He received the 2010 Révélations Radio-Canada Musique and Jeune Soliste des Radios Francophones awards, and he records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon, who signed him when he was 15.
Performance highlights for his 2011–12 season included the opening of the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi at Salle Pleyel and debuts with the BBC Symphony at the Barbican in London and the Leipzig Radio Symphony at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Mr. Lisiecki appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Peter Oundjia, Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano. In the 2012–13 season Mr. Lisiecki tours with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, makes his Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra debut under Jakub Hrusa at Suntory Hall, and in May 2013 tours with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, with stops including Innsbruck, Vienna, and Berlin.
Also a dedicated chamber musician, Jan Lisiecki has collaborated with the New Zealand String Quartet, Quatuor Ébène, and the Penderecki String Quartet. He was featured in the CBC Next! series as one of the most promising young artists in Canada and was the subject of a 2009 CBC National News documentary titled The Reluctant Prodigy. In June 2008 he was appointed a National Youth Representative by UNICEF Canada. Having graduated from high school in Calgary in January 2011, Jan Lisiecki is studying for a bachelor’s of music degree at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto on a full scholarship.