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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pianist Jan Lisiecki Releases Debut Album with Deutsche Grammophon

ROYAL CONSERVATORY STUDENT JAN LISIECKI

RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM WITH DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, congratulate celebrated pianist and Conservatory student Jan Lisiecki on the release of his debut album with prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon, launched internationally today.

“This recording represents a major step forward in Jan’s already extraordinary career,” says Mr. Anagnoson. “It also underscores the level of Canadian musical talent that is part of today's Glenn Gould School.”

In this recording, Mr. Lisiecki performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor and Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under renowned conductor Christian Zacharias. Toronto music critic John Terauds hailed the album as “a triumph” and proclaimed Lisiecki as “Canada’s next great contribution to the world of classical piano.”

"I feel very privileged that Deutsche Grammophon is entrusting me to record the Mozart Concertos K.466 and 467,” says Mr. Lisiecki. “I am very thankful to my teachers at The Glenn Gould School for their help in preparing me for this recording, and to the audiences which make me believe it is important to keep this music alive in the modern world."

Mr. Lisiecki joined The Glenn Gould School, The Royal Conservatory's internationally recognized training program for talented young musicians, in September 2011, after a successful year in The Conservatory’s Young Artists Academy. He studies with Marc Durand, one of the world’s most respected piano pedagogues. At just 17 years old, he has already shared the stage with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, and Emanuel Ax.

On March 3, 2013, Lisiecki will perform a solo recital in Koerner Hall as part of The Royal Conservatory's 2012.13 concert season, announced earlier today. He will present the signature repertoire of his young career – Chopin's 12 Études, Op. 10 and 25 – and record these pieces in Koerner Hall for his next Deutsche Grammophon release.

Now in its 125th anniversary year, The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performance, and teacher education programs, The Conservatory has had a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally. In addition, the organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through music and the arts, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues. For more information, please visit www.rcmusic.ca.

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