Bristol Proms: An interview with Jan Lisiecki

After being filmed from every angle during his Bristol Proms 2013 performance, phenomenal Canadian/Polish pianist JAN LISIECKI returns to Bristol Old Vic’s intimate auditorium, this time exploring an emotional journey from the crystalline abstraction of Bach to the dark passion of Rachmaninov…

Jan Lisiecki

Why have you chosen this particular repertoire for Bristol Proms?

The concert will present a journey through time, presented from the angle of piano music. I believe the repertoire I have chosen is interesting, invigorating, and exciting. I hope it will give the audience a chance to have a remarkable evening with classical music.

Have you performed any of these pieces before?

Every performance is memorable in its own right. That evening, instrument, and audience, all work together to make it special and one-of-a-kind.

Which moments within the music are you most looking forward to performing?

I love performing Bach. His music is pure, emotional, restrained, all simultaneously.

What music do you most like to listen to?

The gift of classical music is that there is a piece for every mood and a composer for every day. It is a wonderful thing that every person, hearing the same interpretation, will find their own story within.

On a more personal note, what do you do to relax?

I like skiing, reading, watching movies, and getting to know every city I visit.

Jan Lisiecki will return to Bristol Proms to perform From Purity to Passion in Bristol Old Vic Theatre on Thursday 30 July at 7.30pm. Snap up your tickets here.

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