Gramophone, the acclaimed classical magazine, recently announced young Calgarian Jan Lisiecki as the winner of its prestigious 2013 Young Artist of the Year Award. Lisiecki is the first North American to win the award.
“In presenting this superb young player with our Young Artist of the Year Award, we’re turning the spotlight on a musician with a golden future ahead of him,” says James Jolly, Editor for the Gramophone. “He’s not in need of a record contract but we hope that his talent is allowed to unfold naturally and true to his musical instincts; his is a gift too rare to be squandered.”
Now studying at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto, 18-year-old Lisiecki had his orchestral debut at the age of 9 and has since performed with orchestras in Canada and from around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Earlier this year he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award for 2013 and nominated for a Juno.
Lisiecki represents the very best that Alberta and Canada have to offer on the cultural stage, and I can only imagine the successes and achievements that lie in front of him. Congratulations, Jan.