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Award winning pianist performs with his first maestra and OSO

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra brings one of the most sensational young artists to emerge in Canada in the past decade (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) to the stage this month for an evening of an extraordinary piano performance by award winning Canadian artist Jan Lisiecki.

“I am so excited to have Jan perform with the orchestra this month,” comments Rosemary Thomson,music director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. “He has grown so much as a musician since he performed his concerto debut Mozart No. 9, which he performed under the baton as my student when he was just nine years old.”

Recognized for his poet and mature playing, the eighteen year old pianist Jan Lisiecki performs all over the world. Paired with the charming Bizet Symphony composed when he was seventeen, this program showcases those with wisdom beyond their years.  The New York Times has called 18-year-old Canadian Jan Lisiecki “a pianist who makes every note count.”

Having signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 15, his debut recording on the prestigious label features Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 466 & 467 with the Symphonieor-chester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Christian Zacharias. Nominated for a Juno Award for classical album of the year 2013, the CD was described by the New York Times as “pristine, lyrical and intelligent.”

Highlights of past seasons included Lisiecki’s New York Philharmonic subscription debut under David Zin-man, the season opening concert of Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, and his debut with the BBC Sym-phony under Jiří Bělohlávek. Lisiecki has played at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, Salle Pleyel, Tonhalle Zürich, Konzerthaus Vienna, and Suntory Hall. He has substituted for Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire, and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, and Emanuel Ax. He has performed in Armenia, Belgium, Brasil, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA, and throughout Canada.

Poised For Flight hits the stage for two concerts, February 15 in Kelowna, and February 16in Vernon.  Tickets for concerts can be purchased at the Kelowna Actors Studio 1379 Ellis St. or call 250-862-2867 and the Vernon Performing Arts Centre  33rd St at 38th Ave. or call 250-549-7469 or online via the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra website at www.okanagansymphony.com.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is the third largest professional Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia, entertaining audiences since 1960. To learn more about the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra visit their website at www.okanagansymphony.com or follow at www.twitter.com/OKSymponyOrch orwww.facebook.com/OkanaganSymphonyOrchestra.

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