This is the first concert of the 2013-14 season.
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director and Conductor
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster United Church, 11 September 2013
Jan Lisiecki, piano
Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56
Philip Glass Symphony No. 3
Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto, in A minor, Op. 16 — arr. Oesterle
“Jan Lisiecki is “a pianist who makes every note count”
In a recent review, a New York Times critic went on to describe Jan Lisiecki’s style as “pristine, lyrical and intelligent.” It was the ‘every note’ part that hit home: it’s exactly what anyone who attended Jan’sMCO debut remembers!
It’s hard to pin this busy boy down. Our original September date had to be moved as the young virtuoso was needed in London, England. It seems he has won yet another award — the kind you have to accept in person.
In 2011, Jan dazzled us with Chopin; this time it will be a special arrangement of Grieg’s A minor piano concerto (Op. 16) by Canadian composer Michael Oesterle.
Also, if you’ve been enjoying the MCO’s new Philip Glass CD (named ‘Recording of the Month’ by MusicWeb International), you’ll love a live performance of the Symphony No. 3 at this concert!
Grieg, via Oesterle
Jan Lisiecki’s usual repertoire is for much larger ensembles, but one work in particular appealed to Music Director Anne Manson. We asked Canadian composer Michael Oesterle to work on an arrangement of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor (Op. 16) for chamber orchestra.
He was interested in the project, and before we knew it, another unique MCO solution was in the works!
The concert begins at 7:30 pm on September 11th in Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster at Maryland. Tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors and $8 for students, including GST, atMcNally Robinson, the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice at Sherbrook), Organic Planet (877 Westminster Ave) or MCO’s Ticketline (204.783.7377).
“The New York Times has called 18-year-old Canadian Jan Lisiecki “a pianist who makes every note count.” Having signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 15, his debut recording on the label features Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 466 & 467 with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Christian Zacharias. Nominated for a Juno Award for classical album of the year 2013, the CD was described by the New York Times as “pristine, lyrical and intelligent … direct, unmannered and fresh.” Lisiecki’s secondDG album, released in April 2013, features Chopin’s Études Op. 10 and Op. 25.
In 2012, Jan was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada, after being a National Youth Representative since 2008. This year, recognized for his poetic and mature playing, Lisiecki has been awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
2013 performance highlights include Lisiecki’s debut with Claudio Abbado and Orchestra Mozart, his BBC Proms debut with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at Royal Albert Hall in London, and his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Bravo Vail Festival. Jan’s official subscription debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra is scheduled for April 2014 where he will be performing three different Mozart concertos in one week. The 2013/14 season includes his debut with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milano under Daniel Harding, return engagements to Orchestre de Paris, debuts with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and NHK Symphony in Tokyo, and recital debuts at Santa Cecilia in Rome, in San Francisco, and in London’s Wigmore Hall. Since the 2012/13 season Jan has been a member of Konzerthaus Dortmund’s series ‘Junge Wilde.’
Highlights of past seasons included Lisiecki’s New York Philharmonic subscription debut under David Zinman, the season opening concert of Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, and his debut with the BBC Symphony under Jiří Bělohlávek. Lisiecki has played at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, Salle Pleyel, Tonhalle Zürich, Konzerthaus Vienna, and Suntory Hall. He has substituted for Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire, and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, and Emanuel Ax. He has performed in Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA, and throughout Canada.
Lisiecki’s live performances of both Chopin piano concertos with Sinfonia Varsovia and Howard Shelley were released in 2010 by the Chopin Institute in Warsaw. The recording received the Diapason Découverte award in May 2010; Diapason describes Jan as “an unmannered virtuoso already with virile and, above all, irresistibly natural playing.” The BBC Music Magazine commented that “even in a crowded CD catalogue, this refreshingly unhyped debut release is one to celebrate.”
Jan’s 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 TV 1 and 2 in Poland.He was featured in the CBC‘Next!’ series as one of the most promising young artists in Canada, and in the 2009 CBC documentary about his life: ‘The Reluctant Prodigy.’
Upon the school board’s recommendation Jan was accelerated four grades and graduated from high school in January 2011. Since September 2011 he has been studying for a Bachelor of Music at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, Canada.”
…from the MCO website.