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Lisiecki plays Schumann

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Although Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki is in his early twenties, his career already
spans a decade. He drew worldwide attention when he performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto 
at the Chopin Festival in Warsaw in 2008, at the age of ten, and that same year he
made his Carnegie Hall debut. Two years later he had signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon,
and since then he has performed with most of the world’s leading orchestras.
In 2013 he was named Gramophone Young Artist of the Year and won the Leonard Bernstein
Award as well. At this Iceland Symphony concert, he performs Robert Schumann’s
hauntingly beautiful and romantic Piano Concerto, which he recorded in
2016, to outstanding reviews.

French conductor Bertrand de Billy is considered a particularly inspired conductor.
He recently conducted a highly praised staging of Tosca at the Metropolitan
Opera in New York. Many still remember clearly his appearance with the Iceland
Symphony at Háskólabíó in spring 2011, with Isabelle Faust performing Beethoven’s
Violin Concerto. At last, de Billy is returning to Iceland, with two fascinating
but seldom-heard works in tow. Olivier Messiaen was one of the most religious composers
of the 20th century. On tonight’s programme we hear one of his earliest orchestral
works, Les offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings), written in 1930.
Czech composer Josef Suk, son-in-law to Antonin Dvor?ák, composed Romantic music that
is sometimes reminiscent of Richard Strauss. Pohádka (Fairy Tale), a dramatic and
colourful orchestral suite that is considered his best work, is being performed
tonight for the first time in Iceland.

Pre-concert presentation in Hörpuhornið » 18 Oct 18:00 hrs.

  • Program

    Olivier Messiaen Les offrandes
    oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings)

    Robert Schumann Piano Concerto Josef Suk Pohádka (Fairy Tale)
    Bertrand de Billy
    Jan Lisiecki