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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jan Lisiecki Makes Toronto Mainstage Debut July 15

A 2011 Brott Music Festival Presentation





The Brott Music Festival presents 16-year-old, world-renowned Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki in his Toronto mainstage debut, Friday, July 15, 8 p.m. at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street W.

He joins Artistic Director Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra in two great piano concerti – Mozart’s No. 21 in C (the famed Elvira Madigan concerto) and – in honor of the Liszt bicentenary – Liszt’s inventive Piano Concerto No. 2 in A.

Also on the program are the lush waltzes from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture.

Tickets, $45.20, seniors $39.55 (HST included) are available from the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office,; phone 416-872-4255.

HAMILTON PERFORMANCE: Jan Lisiecki will perform the same program with Maestro Brott and the National Academy Orchestra at the McIntyre Theatre, Mohawk College, 135 Fennell Ave. W. in Hamilton, Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $32; $27 seniors; and $10 students, may be ordered from the Brott Festival,, or by calling 1-888-475-9377, or 905-525-SONG (7664).

This past February, Deutsche Grammophon announced it had signed Lisiecki – who at 16 had just graduated from high school in Calgary – to an exclusive recording contract. His first recording for DGG will be two Mozart concerti, including the one he will perform in Toronto.

Recognized for his poetic and mature playing, Lisiecki has been a special guest with the Brott Music Festival and the National Academy Orchestra five times since the age of 12. He has gone on to perform all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe, as well as Korea, Japan and China. He was the youngest Grand Prize winner ever of the OSM (Montreal Symphony) Standard Life Competition. His 2010 debut CD, featuring the two Chopin piano concerti, received the Diapason d’Or Découverte award.

This coming season, he is featured soloist in the opening concert of the Orchestre de Paris’ season opener; and makes his debuts with the BBC Symphony at the Barbican in London, the Leipzig Radio Symphony at Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Göteborgs Symfoniker. He returns to Japan for recitals, and makes his European recital debuts in Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Gstaad, Hamburg, Lisbon, Vienna, and Zurich. This summer, he also makes his festival debuts at the Verbier and Radio France Festivals. Recent and upcoming engagements in North America include recital debuts in Chicago and Seattle, as well as orchestral appearances with the Toronto Symphony under Peter Oundjian and Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain under music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

(Jan Lisiecki performed several years ago for the Polish community in Toronto.)

More information on Jan Lisiecki is at DGG announces his recording contract at

The 2011 Brott Music Festival offers an enticing array of orchestral concerts, opera, Broadway, organ and piano recitals, High Tea recitals and the hits of The Eagles – from the opening four orchestral concerts of Beethoven in Burlington in June to the rousing conclusion of Carl Orff’sCarmina Burana August 18. Details are at

Program – Jan Lisiecki, piano; National Academy Orchestra; Boris Brott and Philippe Ménard conductors:

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C (Elvira Madigan)

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A.

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Waltzes

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture



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