PianoDejan Lazic
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„... a powerhouse performer whose playing combines strength with beauty.“

The Guardian
13 / 27

Biography

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 2015/16 season contains such highlights as Lazić’s return to Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a two-week period at Indianapolis Symphony performing both Brahms concerti, concerts and recordings with NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, BBC Philharmonic, a return to Trondheim Symphony and, further afield, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and Adelaide Symphony.  Towards the end of the season, he returns to Helsinki Philharmonic to give the world premiere of a new concerto by Jaakko Kuusisto, and performs his arrangement of Brahms' Violin Concerto as a piano concerto with Düsseldorfer Symphoniker.

As a recital artist, he will appear at such venues as Wigmore Hall, Gilmore Festival, Le Poisson Rouge in New York and Melbourne Recital Centre. He also will undertake trio performances with Sol Gabetta and Martin Frost in autumn 2015, including at Schubertiade Hohenems.

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 2009. His next release will be a recording of the Beethoven Triple Concerto for Sony Music.

Dejan Lazić’s compositions are receiving increased recognition. 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 is performing his ‘Piano Concerto in Istrian Style’ (2014) twice more in the current season and will have his first orchestral work, a tone poem, premiered in 2016/2017.

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.

SEASON 2015/2016

Quotes

“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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Discography

Lazić, Carmignola, Gabetta: Beethoven Triple ConcertoDejan Lazić, Giuliano Carmignola and Sol Gabetta play Ludwig van Beethoven's Triple Concerto Op. 56.Sep. 2015, Sony Classical, CD, Available on: Amazon
C.P.E. Bach & Britten: Liaisons Vol. 3Dejan Lazić combines sonatas by C.P.E Bach with piano works by BrittenOct. 2011, Channel Classics, CD, Available on: Amazon
BeethovenDejan Lazić perfoms the piano concerto No.4 in G major with the Australian Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Richard TognettiMar. 2011, Channel Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Brahms/LazićPiano Concerto No. 3 in D major, Dejan Lazić's own arrangement of the Violin Concerto, op. 77 by Brahms performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert SpanoFeb. 2010, Channel Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Schumann & Brahms: Liaisons Vol.2Dejan Lazić plays works by Schumann and BrahmsJun. 2009, Channel Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
RachmaninovPiano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, op. 18 performed with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kirill PetrenkoJan. 2008, Channel Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon