KlavierDejan Lazić
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„... a powerhouse performer whose playing combines strength with beauty.“

The Guardian
12 / 26


Dejan Lazićs lively repertoire interpretations make it one of the most unique and unusual soloists of his generation. He performs with orchestras such as the Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, NDR Hamburg, Netherlands Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Danish National, Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra Basel.

Lazic great popularity in the Far East pleased with his collaboration among others with the NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Sapporo, Seoul Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic. He also works together with the currently most sought after conductors such as Giovanni Antonini, Lionel Bringuier, Iván Fischer, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, Robert Spano, Storgårds, Krzysztof Urbanski and Vänskä.

In the summer of 2014 Dejan Lazic made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with performances both at the Ravinia Festival Krzysztof Urbanski and under at the Aspen Festival, where he worked as a soloist and composer, the world premiere of his Piano Concerto "In Istrian style", Op. 18 aufführte under the direction of Robert Spano. He also played in the Lanaudière Festival a recital, as a result, he received an immediate re-invitation to Scriabin anniversary in 2015. In Europe, he will appear as a guest at the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its principal conductor Krzysztof Urbanski at the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, after he had already opened the season of the orchestra with his own arrangement of Brahms' Violin Concerto for Piano.

In the 2014/15 season Lazic also plays with the Danish National Symphony under the direction of Vasily Petrenko, SWR Stuttgart Kazuki Yamada, Netherlands Philharmonic under Ivor Bolton, Belgrade Philharmonic under Muhai Tang and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra with Storgårds - with the latter he will also be touring South America. In chamber music, he is equally successful and plays with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra and Gordan Nikolic and with the Manchester Camerata and Gábor Takács-Nagy. After successful international recitals at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, and the Sydney Opera House, he will once again give concerts at the London International Piano Series at the South Bank Centre.

With the Channel Classics label, he has published a dozen recordings, including his critically acclaimed Liaisons series, whose last episode includes works by CPE Bach and Britten. For his live recording of the Piano Concerto no. 2 of Rachmaninov with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kirill Petrenko he received the German ECHO Klassik Music Prize 2009. On his next CD with Sony Music Beethoven's Triple Concerto will be heard.

Dejan Lazićs compositions enjoy great recognition. His works include various compositions for piano, chamber and orchestral music and cadenzas for piano concertos by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. His arrangement of Brahms' Violin Concerto for Piano and Orchestra was premiered in 2009 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano and also published in January 2010 with great success on CD. Since then, Dejan Lazic has performed with this processing at the BBC Proms, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the Hamburg Ostertöne, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw and in North and South America and Japan.

Lazic comes from a musical family in Zagreb, Croatia, and grew up in Salzburg, where he studied at the Mozarteum. Today he lives in Amsterdam.




„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



C.P.E. Bach & Britten: Liaisons Vol. 3Dejan Lazić verbindet Sonaten von C.P.E Bach mit Klavierwerken von BrittenOkt. 2011, Channel Classics, CD, Verfügbar bei: Amazon
BeethovenDejan Lazić spielt das Klavierkonzert Nr.4 in G-Dur mit dem Australian Chamber Orchestra unter Richard TognettiMär. 2011, Channel Classics, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon
Brahms/LazićKlavierkonzert Nr. 3 in D-Dur, arrangiert von Dejan Lazić nach dem Violinkonzert, op. 77 von Brahms, gespielt mit dem Atlanta Symphony Orchestra unter Robert SpanoFeb. 2010, Channel Classics, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon
Schumann & Brahms: Liaisons Vol.2Dejan Lazić spielt Werke von Schumann und BrahmsJun. 2009, Channel Classics, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon
RachmaninowKlavierkonzert Nr. 2 in c-Moll, op.18 mit dem London Philharmonic Orchestra und Kirill PetrenkoJan. 2008, Channel Classics, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon