(Holger Hage / Deutsche Grammophon)
Performing without conforming: Pianist Jan Lisiecki on why classical music isn’t dead
June 12, 2017 Arts & Entertainment/Music by Holly Cabrera
Twenty-two-year-old Calgary pianist Jan Lisiecki is far from being a slacker. After making his orchestral debut at age nine, the musician rose to international fame once The Fryderyk Chopin Institute released a recording of his live renditions of Chopin’s piano concertos. Four albums later, he now performs roughly 80 times per year. In the past month alone, he has played in six countries, with appearances already lined up through 2020.
When he isn’t taking a break from practice to go skiing, the young pianist performs at some of the world’s most prestigious concert venues such as Carnegie Hall–all while pursuing [...]