Jan Lisiecki

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021 at 8:00PM

VENUE Matthews Theater


Jan Lisiecki’s interpretations and technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. At 26, 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. 

After his stunning recital debut at McCarter in 2019, Lisiecki returns in an all-Chopin program of Etudes and Nocturnes  not a  surprising choice, since he has made the music of Chopin a specialty including an acclaimed recording of the composer’s two piano concertos, both repertory staples which he plays magnificently. 


Following his acclaimed Night Music recitals, Lisiecki recently presented both a new solo recital programme and a Beethoven Lieder cycle with baritone Matthias Goerne, among others at the Salzburg Festival. Recent return invitations include Boston Symphony Orchestra, The 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 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. In March 2020, Deutsche Grammophon released Beethoven Lieder with Matthias Goerne, which was recently awarded the Diapason d’Or. Earlier recordings have been awarded with the JUNO 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. 



Click here to read a personal note about Jan Lisiecki from McCarter's Director of Special Programming, Bill Lockwood. 




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