„... a powerhouse performer whose playing combines strength with beauty.“The Guardian
Dejan Lazić’s fresh interpretations of the repertoire have established him as one of the most unique and unusual soloists of his generation. He appears with such orchestras as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Netherlands Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Danish National, Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and the Australian, Netherlands, and Basel Chamber Orchestras. Lazić enjoys a significant following in the Far East appearing with NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Sapporo Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic, amongst others. He has built close collaborations with some of today’s most sought after conductors including Giovanni Antonini, Lionel Bringuier, Iván Fischer, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, Robert Spano, John Storgårds, Krzysztof Urbanski and Osmo Vänskä.
The 2016/17 season begins with Lazić’s debut with Boston Symphony at Tanglewood Festival, under Andris Nelsons. He returns to Trondheim Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Helsingborgs Symphoniorkester, Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Ivan Fischer, and for a tour with Budapest Festival Orchestra, also under Ivan Fischer.
With Channel Classics he has released a dozen recordings, including his critically acclaimed Liaisons series; the latest of which couples together C.P.E. Bach and Britten. His live recording of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 with London Philharmonic Orchestra/Kirill Petrenko received the prestigious German Echo Klassik Award. A recording of the Beethoven Triple Concerto was also released to critical acclaim, for Sony Music. Lazić’s next release will be a solo recital disc of works by Franz Liszt, for Onyx Classics, appearing in spring 2017.
As a recital artist, he appears at such venues as Wigmore Hall, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Melbourne Recital Centre.
Dejan Lazić’s compositions are receiving increased recognition, and he was recently signed as a composer by Sikorski Music Publishing Group. His arrangement of Brahms’ Violin Concerto as a piano concerto was premiered with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and has enjoyed much ongoing success, at BBC Proms, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Hamburg Easter Festival, Chopin Festival Warsaw, in both Americas and in Japan. Lazić has performed his ‘Piano Concerto in Istrian Style’ several times since its premiere in 2014. He will have his first orchestral work, a tone poem entitled ‘Mozart and Salieri’, premiered by Indianapolis Symphony and Krzysztof Urbanski in spring 2017.
Born into a musical family in Zagreb, Croatia, Lazić grew up in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied at the Mozarteum. He now lives in Amsterdam.
“The pianist's touch is flawless, every note given exact weight, each line audible and woven into a balanced mesh. […] Lazic keeps you both challenged and delighted”Sydney Morning Herald, Clive O’Connel, 3.03.16
“Like the playing in general of the gifted, young, Croatian-born, Salzburg-trained soloist, the slow movement was technically immaculate and gave off a delicate, purling beauty of sound”Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein, 11.07.14
“Lazic's display prowess could not be ignored as his fingers ran like lightning up and down the keyboard, showing us passage, scale, chordal, octave and trill work which could take one's breath away”nuvo.net, Tom Aldridge, 3.02.14
“If I give pride of place to Lazic it is because the particular combination of scores he offered showed him to be not only world-class in purely technical terms but because it showed an inquisitive intellect”Buenos Aires Herald, Pablo Bardin, 15.05.13
“His playing was elegant without being prim, flowery without lacking backbone, delicate while nurturing a firmness of tone. Clarity ruled, but warmth was ever-present. The Larghetto found him at his best; it stirred like lace curtains in a languid breeze.”The Orange County Register, Timothy Mangan, 01.12
“Lazić plays with palpable heart, with genuine spirit that derives entirely from the music itself, with dexterity, subtlety and insight that make this recital thoroughly compelling.”The Telegraph, Geoffrey Norris, 20.10.11
“The soloist was Dejan Lazić, a powerhouse performer whose playing combines strength with beauty.”The Guardian, Tim Ashley, 2.09.11
“Lazić’s bright legerdemain and cunning balancing of weight and measure was entirely convincing; his cadenza a kaleidoscope of transformations.”The Times, Hilary Finch, 15.08.11
“Lazić’s pianism rippling and sonorous, orchestral playing subtle and collaborative. I have never heard such an account of this masterpiece, every note picked out with telling inevitability.”The Birmingham Post, Christopher Morley, 27.05.11
“Lazić is a classy artist, with a fine range of colour, taut trills and immaculate fingerwork. […] There’s much of beauty in the Croatian’s reading – his quality of sound, especially in the quieter regions, remains one of the pleasures of his playing.”Harriet Smith, Gramophone Magazine, 05.11
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