Ignaz Lisiecki is a Polish pianist with German and Ukrainian roots. He grew up in a family with strong musical traditions. For the last four years the artist has been living in Tokyo, devoting more and more of his time to composing. Apart from writing his own original music, the pianist’s artistic activity has been increasingly focused on transcribing orchestra and organ pieces for solo piano. In May 2011, at the recital commemorating the centenary of Gustav Mahler’s death held in the Sayaka Hall in Osaka Lisiecki premiered his Paraphrase on Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. In 2012 he finished work on his Fantasy on a Theme from Chorale Prelude by Brahms, for piano, Op. 122/2 that has already been released on CD. 

Ignaz Lisiecki has performed at the prestigious Tokyo Opera City, the Tel Aviv State University, on the large scene of the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, as well as in Osaka and Fukuoka. This is how The Music and Dance Press reviewed his Tokyo performance in 2010: “There are no musicians who can astonish people with “sound” only, except him. This year, a lot of concerts of the first-prize winners of the Chopin Piano Competition, etc. are to be held. In this circumstance, I was fortunate to have the chance to see the performance of Lisiecki …”. 

Ignaz Lisiecki’s CD entitled Homage to Brahms, published in 2013, received a warm welcome from international critics. In Poland, it has been praised by the Newsweek, Polityka and Wprost magazines, the Rzeczpospolita daily, as well as the public Polish Radio. The prestigious American Fanfare Magazine considered his record “the most interesting CD released in the passing year 2013“. The Japanese Ongaku no Tomo appreciates the delicate tone and the pianist’s ability to “…create various moods and dynamic effects…“, and the German Piano News stresses his ”...care for the rhythmic pulse thanks to which Lisiecki adequately contours the discreet sound layers of his interpretations...” 

Ignaz Lisiecki is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Also, his contacts with Lev Natochenny provided him with many deep impulses connected with piano playing and the overall approach to music. 

Having completed his studies in Europe, the young pianist decided to pursue a unique path of personal and artistic development: he packed his suitcases and piano scores and went to Japan. There he rented an apartment with a grand piano and started to practice surrounded by the culture that was then totally unknown to him. This is how he recalls that period: “On another continent, in a completely new culture, in a place so exotic for a European, I found peace and distance to my work. Cut off from any outside influences, in this ascetic Japanese environment, I could better understand works of music written two hundred years ago.” 

Not only Italian operas but – quite surprisingly - also Freddie Mercury with his impressive operatic singing style inspired Lisiecki to evoke that special “singing” tone from the piano and express his innermost feelings in his interpretations. 

Ignaz Lisiecki held scholarships of the Ministry of Culture and Art and the Crescendum Est – Polonia Foundation. In 2011 he was awarded the distinction of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for his achievements in popularization of the Polish culture abroad. A year earlier, in 2010, the pianist performed at the gala concert organized to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the formation of the legendary “Solidarity” trade union, the activities of which led to the collapse of communism in the entire Central and Eastern Europe. 

A special place in Lisiecki’s current repertoire is reserved for the complete piano works of Robert Schumann.