“Five Minutes With” Calgary classical pianist Jan Lisiecki

At 23, pianist Jan Lisiecki is already recognized as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Acclaimed for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound and poetic sensibility, he is “a pianist who makes every note count.” (The New York Times). Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age.

In 2017, Jan received the ECHO Klassik, Germany’s most significant classical music award, as well as the JUNO Award, the most prestigious recognition in the Canadian music industry, honouringhis fourth recording for Deutsche Grammophon, featuring Chopin’s rarely-performed works for piano and orchestra with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański, Lisiecki performs with the world’s most prestigious orchestras on major stages and has worked closely with prominent conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Claudio Abbado.

Recent highlights include recital tours of Europe and Asia and subscription debuts with the Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, and Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, among others. Jan Lisiecki celebrated great success with his highly acclaimed recital program “Night Music” which he will continue to perform in the 2018/19 season.

In 2018/19 he will return to Carnegie Hall for a performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Lisiecki will tour with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra through Europe as well as with the Czech Philharmonic in Germany. Other collaborations include NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and concerts in Salzburg with Mozarteum Orchestra.

In 2013 he became the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone’s Young Artist award, and also received the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Jan Lisiecki is an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon. In 2012, Jan Lisiecki was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada.

“Jan Lisiecki. Remember the name.” (The Financial Times)

Jan Lisiecki

Name: Jan Lisiecki

Genre: Classical

Founded: Born in 1995, debut album in 2010

# of Albums: 5

Latest Release:

Chopin Works for Piano and Orchestra with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański (Juno Award 2018)

Latest Video:

Favourite Local Restaurant:

The kitchen at home 😉

Favourite band as a teenager:

Pink Floyd

Favourite band now:

Pink Floyd

Live Show Ritual:

Live it like a normal day

Favourite local artist:


Nose Hill or Fish Creek?

Fish Creek

EP or LP? LP

Early bird or night owl?

Early bird

Road or studio?

Live concerts

Where can we follow you?

Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website

Any shows or albums coming up?

Concerts all over Europe and North America in the upcoming weeks, and a new album in early 2019.