In November 2012, Ignaz Lisiecki made his debut in Tokyo Opera City, one of the world’s most significant concert halls. Since then, he has been regularly invited to Japan where he has performed with outstanding orchestras like the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. He has also played recitals in Sumida Triphony Hall and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, to name a few. In 2017, Lisiecki gave a performance in a popular programme “Daimei no nai Ongakukai” broadcast by TV Asahi, dedicated to classical music, together with Kazuki Sawa, a Japanese violinist. Lisiecki performs frequently with philharmonic orchestras in Poland. He has played with various conductors including Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Jose Maria Florencio, Tadeusz Strugała, Norichika Iimori and Ken Takaseki, in prestigious concert halls like National Philharmonic in Warsaw and the seat of Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.
For several years, Ignaz Lisiecki has cooperated regularly with David Geringas, a legendary Lithuanian cellist. He has also collaborated with the String quartet of the Konzerthaus Berlin.
His first record, “Homage to Brahms” released in 2013, was well received by the media. It was covered by “Newsweek”, “Wprost”, “Polskie Radio”, the Swiss public “Radio RTS” and American “Fanfare Magazine”, to name a few.
Polish Music Publishing House (PWM) has invited Ignaz Lisiecki to record Alexandre Tansman’s Piano preludes as part of a phonographic project which is a compilation of a hundred most intriguing works of Polish music in the past century.
Ignaz Lisiecki devotes a considerable part of his performances to contemporary music. Oftentimes he has been the first musician to present in Poland and Japan works representing the latest composition trends, for example by Esa-Pekka Salonen. He was also the first to perform works dedicated to him including “Gliptopalinomia” by renowned Polish composer Paweł Hendrich. In 2018, Lisiecki during the Japanese tour made the world’s premiere of Piano Sonata no. 2 by Roman Palester a very important figure in the history of 20th century Polish music.
Piano transcriptions play an important role in the pianist’s professional activity. 2011 marked the world premiere of his original Paraphrase on Adagietto from Fifth Symphony commemorating the hundredth anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s death during a recital in Sayaka Hall in Osaka. In 2012, he recorded Fantasy on Choral Prelude, a piece of work inspired by Johannes Brahms’ chorale prelude.
In 2011, Ignaz Lisiecki was awarded a diploma of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding achievements in promoting Polish culture in the world. He studied piano at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, in Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover as well as conducting at Tokyo University of the Arts.
Ignaz Lisiecki next CD album “Swan Song” will be released in spring 2019 by Sony Music.