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“Jan Lisiecki, Pianist”
Peterborough, ON – On Saturday, June 6th the Peterborough Symphony will transport audiences to the warmth and music that is Vienna, with Beethoven’s legendary Symphony No. 7 and Mozart’s “Coronation” Piano concert No. 26 performed by 19 year-old piano sensation, Jan Lisiecki! Sponsored by Bryston, Summer in Vienna will bring the world’s greatest music and musicians to the acoustically beautiful stage at George St. United Church.
Music Director Michael Newnham has this to say about their guest soloist:
“I first came into contact with Jan Lisiecki a few years ago when he was an up-and-coming 15-year old talent from Calgary. His playing and musicianship was astonishing, and I like to say that we instantly formed a friendship. He is now a world-class artist, and I am thrilled that he is giving Peterborough an opportunity to hear him with the PSO. This will be an event not to be missed!”
Born in Calgary, Canada, to Polish parents in 1995, Jan Lisiecki began studying piano at the age of five, making his orchestral debut at the age of nine. He has since performed nationally and internationally at many of world’s leading concert halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and with many of the world’s finest conductors and orchestras. He signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 15, releasing albums in 2012 and 2013, and was nominated for Juno awards for both.
The New York Times has called 20-year-old Jan Lisiecki ‘a pianist who makes every note count’. Highlights of the last few years include his debut with Claudio Abbado and Orchestra Mozart, his BBC Proms debut with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at London’s Royal Albert Hall, his debut with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milano and engagements with Orchestre de Paris and New York Philharmonic.
April 2014 was a memorable month for Jan Lisiecki as he performed three different Mozart concertos in one week with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Another main event in 2015 will be his debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin.
Jan Lisiecki has received many prestigious awards, including most recently the Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 2013.
His performances have been broadcast on CBC Canada, BBC Radio, Austrian Radio, French Radio, German Radio, Luxembourg Radio and Polish Radio, as well as on French Television 3 and on TV1 and TV2 in Poland. He was featured in the CBC Next! series as one of the most promising young artists in Canada, and in the 2009 Joe Schlesinger CBC National News documentary about his life, The Reluctant Prodigy. In May 2013, the German ZDF featured Jan in the news show Heute Journal.
In 2012 he was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada.
The piano concerto was Mozart’s preferred medium for presenting himself and his music to the public. Mozart himself performed the “Coronation” concerto himself at the coronation of Leopold II and it was one of the only three concertos he composed in the last five years of his life.
Audience members will also be treated to Beethoven’s classic seventh symphony and an overture to Colas et Colinette, an opera written by a ‘Canadian’ contemporary of Mozart’s, Joseph Quesnel but arranged by Godfrey Ridout.
Although the venue for Summer in Vienna is slated for George St. United Church, single tickets are currently on sale at Showplace Box office by calling them at (705) 742-SHOW (7469) or online at Showplace.org. For more information about this concert or the Peterborough Symphony, visit their website at www.thepso.org.
Summer in Vienna
Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 8pm
Location: George St. United Church (534 George St N)
GUEST ARTISTS: Jan Lisiecki, piano
Tickets: $36.50 for Adults | $15 for Students & Rush Seats | $5 for eyeGO
The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra Music Director Michael Newnham celebrates his 14th season with the orchestra.
The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra is celebrating over 47 years as a cultural cornerstone of our community, and has developed a reputation as being one of the best community orchestras in Canada.
Learn more at www.thepso.org or by calling (705)742-1992.
The Peterborough Symphony is generously supported by:
Glen Colbourne Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation
City of Peterborough
Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation
The Pilkington-Henniger Charitable Trust
The Dawe Family Foundation
The Barns Donation Fund
The Peterborough Foundation
Glen Colbourne Fund/Toronto Community Foundation
The Ontario Arts Council
The Peterborough Examiner
The New Classical 103.1
Gracie, Monkman and Johnston