Orchestral returns in early 2018

Following the recent CD recording (due for release in May on Onyx Classics) and a successful series of concerts with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra & Gordan Nikolic (a.o. at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam), Dejan will return also in 2018 to several other orchestras with whom he has built special relationships over the years. These include:


* City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major (incl. Dejan's own, by Sikorski Music Publishers recently published Cadenza)


* Budapest Festival Orchestra & Iván Fischer, where he will once again team up with Iván Fischer to perform Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" as part of orchestra's special marathon gala dedicated to Leonard Bernstein and the American music


* Residentie Orchestra (The Hague), performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major



Upcoming concerts: later this spring Dejan will be back in Germany (Leipzig Gewandhaus, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus), in Finland (to perform once more his arrangement of Brahms Violin Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, which will mark the Finnish Premiere of this work in Tampere), and on tour in The Netherlands and in Hungary.



CD program "Life, Love & Afterlife: A Liszt Recital" live in Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires: Dejan will give a solo recital at the prestigious Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as a presentation of his CD "Life, Love & Afterlife: A Liszt Recital" (Onyx Classics).



"Mainly Mozart" Festival, San Diego (CA): He will also take part at the annual "Mainly Mozart" Festival in San Diego (CA), USA, teaming up with Michael Francis and the Festival Orchestra to give the World Premiere of Dejan's new Mozart arrangement "Rondo Concertante" for Piano and Orchestra, as well as to perform Haydn's Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Müpa (Palace of the Arts), Budapest
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Dejan performs his Piano Concerto in Istrian Style with Atlanta Symphony & Robert Spano

This October Dejan returns to Atlanta to perform his Piano Concerto in Istrian Style, Op. 18, with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and their music director Robert Spano.


With Robert Spano he premiered this work in 2014 at the Aspen Music Festival in the USA and has performed it in various countries since then.


This will be the ASO premiere of this concerto.




Dejan's Cadenzas for Beethoven Piano Concertos published by Sikorski

The new publication is available now: Dejan Lazic's Cadenzas for the Piano Concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven!


For more information and to buy / download sheet music simply click on the link in the right column...

Sheet music is available here:

Sikorski Music Publishers



Liszt the pianist: a Gramophone podcast / Interview

"In this Gramophone podcast, pianist Dejan Lazic explores the genius of Liszt, from his legacy as a virtuoso soloist to his extraordinary transcriptions of the works of Wagner and Mozart among others.


The interview - with Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford - also features excerpts from Lazic's new recording on Onyx, 'Life, Love & Afterlife: a Liszt recital'." (Gramophone Magazine Podcast)


You can download this and other Gramophone Podcasts from their page at iTunes, or listen to the Podcast by clicking on one of the links in the right column.

Listen to the podcast here:

Gramophone podcast / interview

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Buy / download this CD here:

Life, Love & Afterlife: A Liszt recital (Onyx Classics)

“This recording will surely add to this Croatian pianist’s reputation as one of the leading players of his generation.” (BBC Music Magazine, 8/2017)

Video clip of Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 with Budapest Festival Orchestra & Iván Fischer

Watch here the preview of Dejan's performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, filmed live at the National Béla Bartók Concert Hall — Müpa Budapest on 1 April 2017, as a part of the recent European tour with Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer.

Watch here Liszt performance live from Budapest

New CD: "Life, Love & Afterlife" - A Liszt recital

Dejan Lazic; on this, his first album for ONYX, pays tribute to a composer and his legacy as a piano virtuoso, organist, improviser, arranger, conductor, teacher, author, philanthropist and traveller.


Liszt lived life to the full, and this recital captures that love of life, his genius as a pianist and composer, a traveller with a restless and curious mind. Liszt’s respect for the music of other composers is to be found in his arrangements for piano of orchestral, operatic and other vocal works. From Wagner’s operas to Schubert Lieder via Beethoven Symphonies, his deep love for the music is apparent and such arrangements gave this music a wider audience in both the salons and domestic settings that lives on today.

"Embarking on a recording project like this obviously required a substantial amount of preparation time. But once the date has come it was of a tremendous importance to capture and to honour the spontaneity of Liszt’s versatile, eclectic, and revolutionary genius", writes Dejan in his introduction to the recital, captured at a live performance at Hohenhems, and one further day in studio conditions. 


Buy / Download this CD here




"Dejan Lazic's fantastic Liszt recital has been released in April. 

A fascinating portrait of Liszt as composer, arranger and restless traveller. A must for all lovers of great piano playing, and who wish to explore the wonders of Liszt's music." (Onyx Classics, 2017)

More information:

Onyx Classics


Gramophone podcast interview:

Liszt the pianist


Press release:

Schimmer - PR

"Grandiose technique, dedicated and witty, whilst full-bodied and thoughtful: this longitudinal section through Liszt's oeuvre is a gift, both for beginners and connoisseurs." (Der Spiegel / Literatur Spiegel: CD recommendation)

Dejan Lazic's symphonic poem "Mozart and Salieri" celebrates major success at the World Premiere in the United States

Standing ovation in the sold-out Hilbert Circle Theatre after the recent World Premiere of Dejan Lazic's new composition, "Mozart and Salieri" – a symphonic poem inspired by Alexander Pushkin's eponymous drama, op. 21

This work was commissioned and premiered by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of orchestra's Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski on 28 April 2017 in Indianapolis (IN), USA. 


Other works on the programme included Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 (with Dejan as the soloist), as well as Mozart's and Salieri's symphonies.

Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis (USA)

China tour with Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer

In October Dejan embarked on a tour of China with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer.


On the programme was Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor and the concerts took place in Guangzhou, Xian, Beijing, and Shanghai.

National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Beijing, China

More information:

Budapest Festival Orchestra



Sikorski Magazine cover feature

Dejan is on the cover of the newest Sikorski Magazine!


In the interview he talks about his recent projects, such as arranging Brahms Violin Concerto as a Piano Concerto, writing and performing his own "Piano Concerto in Istrian Style" (op. 18), his Variations on "Hava Nagila" for flute and piano (op. 10), as well as the upcoming world premiere of his symphonic poem "Mozart and Salieri" (op. 21) inspired by Alexander Pushkin, composing a new Violin Concerto, and much more...






Dejan Lazic: Variations on "Hava Nagila" for flute & piano, op. 10






Publication of Brahms/Lazic: Piano Concerto "No. 3" (after Violin Concerto, op. 77)

Sikorski Music Publishers have just published the sheet music of Brahms / arr. Lazic: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra "No. 3" (after Violin Concerto, op. 77).


After the premiere of this work in 2009, and the CD release in 2010, Dejan performes this arrangement regularly with orchestras throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia.


The next performance of this work will mark the Finnish Premiere in Tampere on 16 March 2018, with Tampere Filharmonia & Tung-Chieh Chuang.

More information:

Brahms/Lazic: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra "No. 3"


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Debut with Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons

On 21 August 2016 Dejan gave his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons, performing Piano Concerto No. 5 ("The Egyptian") by Camille Saint-Saëns.


The Boston Globe wrote about the concert: “The Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic dispatched this crowd-pleaser nimbly and with an almost elfin lightness of touch.”


And the reported: “Lazic gave a delicate, delightful performance of Saint-Saens' composition. The piece starts out quiet, almost like a piece of chamber music. But by the end, the composition shifts gears and picks up speed and intensity. And every step of the way, Lazic was there and ready to rise to the challenge.”

solo recitals in Europe, USA & Australia

After Dejan's London recital in January 2016 at the Wigmore Hall with works by Haydn, Schumann, Shostakovich, and Lazic, in spring 2016 he also gave solo recitals in New York, Melbourne, and at the prestigious Gilmore Keyboard Festival in the USA.


This summer he appears at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Switzerland, in a duo recital with renowned actress Senta Berger (music and texts by Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms), and in autumn in a solo recital at the Schubertiade in Hohenems, Austria (original and arranged works by Franz Liszt).

Wigmore Hall, London
Melbourne Recital Centre


On 14 December 2015 Dejan Lazic signed a composer's contract at Hans Sikorski Music Publishers in Hamburg, Germany. He is the latest contemporary composer to join the ranks of esteemed names in the Sikorski catalogue, such as Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Khatchaturian and Shchedrin, amongst many others.


The partnership begins immediately with the publication of Brahms / arr. Lazic: Piano Concerto "No. 3" in D major (after Violin Concerto, op. 77), Lazic's Piano Concerto In Istrian Style, op. 18, a collection of his original cadenzas, and various chamber works from Lazic's back catalogue. Also in development is a symphonic tone poem, "Mozart and Salieri", op. 21, which will have premiere performances in the USA and Europe next season, plus a Violin Concerto and a choral work.

"Sikorski's music scores have been a constant companion in my career as a performer, and it is therefore all the more a great honour and an inspiration to be included in their family of composers. I look forward very much to a fruitful and productive collaboration." – Dejan Lazic


L. van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, Piano and Orchestra in C major, op. 56 ("Triple Concerto")


Giuliano Carmignola, violin

Sol Gabetta, violoncello

Dejan Lazic, piano


Basel Chamber Orchestra

Giovanni Antonini, conductor


International release date: September 2015

More information:

Sony Classical

Dejan's "Piano Concerto in Istrian Style"

In July 2014 Dejan gave the world premiere of his own Piano Concerto in Istrian Style, op. 18, at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen (CO), USA, with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano.


In the left column's article, published in International Piano Magazine's November/December 2014 issue, he shares his experience of writing and premiering his first large-scale work.


In Autumn 2015 he performed the Overture from this concerto with both, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Thomas Sondergard in three concerts in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, UK, as well as with Turku Philharmonic Orchestra & Kazuki Yamada in Turku, Finland.


Further performances are being planned.

Brahms / arr. Lazic: piano concerto "no. 3" in D major (after Violin Concerto, op. 77) performances 2009 — 2018

In 2009 Dejan has completed a six-year-long project, an arrangement of the beloved Brahms Violin Concerto for Piano and Orchestra - after Bach and Beethoven, who arranged their own Violin Concertos as Piano Concertos, here we have now the third 'great B' in such an arrangement.


On 1st October 2009, Brahms / arr. Lazic Piano Concerto "No. 3" in D major (after Violin Concerto, op. 77) had its World Premiere in the United States with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Robert Spano. The live recording of this concert has been released in January 2010 and is among Channel Classics' bestsellers!


The UK Premiere succeeded at the BBC Proms in London on 11th August 2011 with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Vassily Sinaisky and the Dutch one at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in September 2011 with Netherlands Chamber Orchestra & Gordan Nikolic. In February 2012 Dejan performed this piece with the Residentie Orkest & Andrew Grams in The Hague and in Utrecht and on 2nd March he gave its Japanese Premiere in Sapporo with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra & Tatsuya Shimono.


The German Premiere of the piece followed promptly at the 'Ostertöne Festival' in Hamburg on 9th April 2012 with Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra & Simone Young. 


In spring 2013 Dejan performed this work also with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra & Krzysztof Urbanski and in September 2013 he gave the South American premiere with Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo & Lawrence Foster.


In summer 2014 he gave its Polish Premiere at the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, in spring 2016 he performed it in Düsseldorf, Germany, with Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra


In spring 2018 Dejan will give its Finnish Premiere in Tampere, with Tampere Filharmonia & Tung-Chieh Chuang. Further concerts are already being planned.



For more information, to order the CD, and to watch the Making-Of videos please visit: Channel Classics: Brahms / Lazic

Watch the trailer: YouTube