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Glenn Gould School Student Wins Prestigious Gramophone Award

Jan Lisiecki

The British classical magazine Gramophone announced 18-year-old Royal Conservatory student Jan Lisiecki as the winner of its 2013 Young Artist of the Year Award at a ceremony on Tuesday, September 17 at LSO St Luke's, the London Symphony Orchestra's Music Education Centre. Lisiecki is the first North American to win the award.

“The Gramophone Classical Music Awards honouring Glenn Gould School student Jan Lisiecki as Young Artist of the Year is a testament to the high calibre of artists being trained and developed by the internationally-celebrated faculty of The Conservatory,” says Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory. “Our students, whose instructors and mentors include members of the Grammy Award-nominated ARC Ensemble, continue to earn the recognition and respect of the classical music field around the world.”

Studying in Toronto in the Performance Diploma Program of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School (GGS) on a full scholarship supported by The Ihnatowycz Prize in Piano, Lisiecki’s flourishing career further strengthens The Conservatory’s global standing as an incubator of artistic excellence, and his success inspires greatness in his fellow students.

The young pianist from Calgary won the illustrious Leonard Bernstein Award for 2013 and was nominated for a Juno Award earlier this year. He recently released his second album on the esteemed classical label Deutsche Grammophon, Chopin Étude, and performed at this year’s BBC Proms to rave reviews. Lisiecki returns to London for his Wigmore Hall debut on September 29.

Jan Lisiecki is one of many Royal Conservatory scholarship students to have won major international awards in 2013. Emma Meinrenken, a 14-year-old student of The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, won First Laureate at The Stradivarius International Violin Competition’s International Junior Division, Conservatory students earned Grand Prizes in every category of the 2013 Canadian Music Competition, and GGS students Luri Lee (a Rebanks Family Fellow) and Jesse Je Young Kim won the first and second prizes at The 2013 Shean Strings Competition.

Launched in 1977, the Gramophone Classical Music Awards are among the most esteemed prizes in the classical music industry. Annual winners are selected by critics for Gramophone magazine as well as industry experts including arts administrators, broadcasters, and musicians. Awards are presented in London each September. Past winners of the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award include baritone Bryn Terfel, violinist Maxim Vengerov, and pianist Yuja Wang.

Learn more about Jan Lisiecki by visiting his website JanLisiecki.com.

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Jan Lisiecki, 18, becomes the first North American to win the prestigious Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award.