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August 21, 2019

Jan Lisiecki to replace Murray Perahia on August 24 for performance with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Pianist Jan Lisiecki will replace pianist Murray Perahia on August 24 at 7pm at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival in the performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Zubin Mehta.  Unfortunately, Murray Perahia has had to withdraw from this engagement due to ill health, as well as engagements at the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms in London and the Lucerne Festival.  The program will remain unchanged: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major op. 58 and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major.  

“On behalf of our team and all of Murray Perahia’s admirers, we wish a prompt recovery to Murray Perahia,” says Zane Culkstena, Managing Director of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival.  “We hope to see him return for a future edition of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival.”

“Even though it is always challenging to announce last minute changes to the program, Jan Lisiecki is an outstanding artist whose career I have followed and supported over the last ten years,” says Martin T:son Engstroem, Artistic Director of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival.  “He will already be in Jurmala for a solo recital on August 23 at 7pm, which will be the first time he performs for Latvian audiences, so we are particularly grateful that he has agreed to rearrange his schedule at such short notice to step in for Murray Perahia the following evening.  We are all particularly excited because this performance will mark Jan’s joint debut with the legendary Zubin Mehta and with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.”

Jan Lisiecki will be giving a solo recital at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival on August 23 at 7pm at the Dzintari Concert Hall.  The program will feature works by J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Frédéric Chopin.

About Jan Lisiecki

At 24, 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, honouring his fourth recording for Deutsche Grammophon, featuring Chopin’s rarely-performed works for piano and orchestra with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański.

In September 2019, Deutsche Grammophon will release Beethoven: Complete Concertos, Jan Lisiecki’s fifth recording for the label. Marking a milestone at the break of the Beethoven year 2020, the album features a complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos and was recorded live over the course of a week at Konzerthaus Berlin with Lisiecki leading the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the piano. His previous album for the label, released in February 2019, features both Mendelssohn concertos with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as well as selected solo works.

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. He has recently celebrated great success with his highly acclaimed recital program “Night Music”. In 2018/19 he returned to Carnegie Hall for a performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra, toured through Europe with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 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 SchleswigHolstein 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