Dejan Lazic - piano
Pianist Dejan Lazic was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and grew up in Salzburg where he studied at the "Mozarteum". He is quickly establishing a reputation worldwide as "a brilliant pianist and a gifted musician full of ideas and able to project them persuasively" (Gramophone). The New York Times hailed his performance as "full of poetic, shapely phrasing and vivid dynamic effects that made this music sound fresh, spontaneous and impassioned". After his recent, highly successful Edinburgh Festival recital, The Scotsman wrote: "Dejan Lazic shines like a new star".
As recitalist and soloist with orchestra, he has appeared at major venues and at numerous international festivals across Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia. Last season he gave his debut at the New York's Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall) with Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer performing Rachmaninov's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini", as well as at the London's Royal Festival Hall with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kirill Petrenko performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. He also gave recital debuts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London Queen Elizabeth Hall, and in Istanbul to great critical acclaim. Other orchestral engagements include Philharmonia Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bamberger Symphoniker with Jonathan Nott, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Hague Residency Orchestra, Rotterdam, Seoul, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras as well as Barcelona, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Sapporo Symphony Orchestras. This season he will also be performing with Camerata Salzburg.
From the season 2008/09 Dejan Lazic will be "artist in residence" at the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra performing a number of concerts at both, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw. He has a growing following in the Far East where he will return this season for recitals and orchestral engagements, including Tokyo Suntory Hall, Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall and Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall.
In 2009, he will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Australian Chamber Orchestra on their national Australian 12-concert tour, including concerts at the Sydney Opera House. Also in 2009, an extended European touring is planned with Basel Chamber Orchestra and Giovanni Antonini, including concerts at the Vienna Musikverein and Cologne Philharmonie. Alongside his solo career, Dejan Lazic is also a passionate chamber musician. He collaborates with artists such as Benjamin Schmid, Gordan Nikolic and Richard Tognetti.
He records exclusively for Channel Classics and has released a number of CDs so far.
In January 2008 the first publication of the double portrait series "liaisons" was released with a Scarlatti/Bartok programme, the second and the third volume will follow shortly. His previous recording of Schubert's last Sonata in B-flat major, D 960, and his earlier one matching Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 and late Haydn Sonatas have earned rave reviews.
Dejan Lazic is also active as a composer. His works include various piano compositions, chamber music (including String Quartet op. 9, written for Rostropovich's 70th birthday gala) and orchestral works, as well as cadenzas for Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven piano concertos. Last season he premiered his latest piano cycle "Kinderszenen op. 15 - an hommage to Schumann" at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and is currently working on a new project for piano and orchestra.
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