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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Jan Lisiecki at Koerner Hall March 3 2013


Internationally renowned Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki performs debut solo recital
in The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall
Sunday, March 3, 2013

For Immediate Release                                                                                  
February 5, 2013                                                                       
Toronto, ON – On Sunday, March 3, 2013, in The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall, internationally renowned Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki will perform an all Fryderyk Chopin program consisting of 12 Études, Op. 10 and Op. 25, in his Toronto debut solo recital. In early January 2013, Lisiecki recorded the Chopin Études in Koerner Hall for his sophomore Deutsche Grammophon recording that will be released later this year. 

While actively pursuing his Bachelor of Music at The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto, on a full scholarship, Jan Lisiecki continues to thrill audiences worldwide. He is currently touring with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and makes his debut with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra under Jakub Hrusa at the Suntory Hall. In the fall of 2012, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic that received critical acclaim in The New York Times. He also toured with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart to Innsbruck, Vienna, and Berlin, and has become a member of Konzerthaus Dortmund’s “Junge Wilde” series.

Chopin wrote the earliest of the Études in Poland, as a teenager, to challenge his own piano technique. Largely self-taught as a pianist, his mind was full of ideas for the development of piano technique. Op. 10 was published in 1833 as Douze Grandes Études, with a dedication to his fellow lion of the keyboard, Franz Liszt. The Op. 25 collection followed four years later, in 1837, dedicated to Liszt’s mistress, Countess Marie d’Agoult. Chopin did not perform his Études as cycles. From the few recitals he gave, we know Chopin and his contemporaries chose small selection of Études to play in concerts. In the late 19th century, pianists began to link the 12 Studies of each set with a short improvisation so as to smooth out the key changes from one piece to the next. The great German pianist Wilhelm Backhuas kept this practice going until themed-20th century. Our present day pleasure in full cycles of Chopin’s Études was encouraged by a recording and its needs for completeness.

Tickets for Jan Lisiecki’s debut solo recital at Koerner Hall are now on sale and range from $25 - $65 and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 416-408-0208.

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