D ejan 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 Budapest Festival Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Hamburg, Netherlands Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and the Australian, Netherlands, and Basel Chamber Orchestras. Lazić enjoys a significant following in the Far East touring China with Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer, and appearing with NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon and Sapporo Symphony as well as Seoul and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras. He has built close collaborations with conductors including Giovanni Antonini, Iván Fischer, Andris Nelsons, Robert Spano, John Storgårds, and Krzysztof Urbanski.
Following the release of his recent recording “Life, Love & Afterlife – A Liszt recital” (Onyx Classics), season 2017/18 sees Lazić perform this recital programme on tour starting at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and concluding at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. Other highlights include returning to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Robert Spano to perform his “Piano Concerto in Istrian Style”, Op. 18, which he and Robert Spano premiered at the Aspen Music Festival in 2014. Further collaborations in 2018 include returns to the Budapest Festival Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Het Residentie Orkest, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, and the debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
The Spiegel magazine noted of his Liszt recording for Onyx Classics: “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.” Dejan Lazić has previously released many recordings with Channel Classics, including a critically acclaimed Liaisons series; the latest of which couples together C. P. E. Bach and Britten.
H is live recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kirill Petrenko received the German “Echo Klassik” Award. A recording of the Beethoven Triple Concerto was released for Sony Music in 2015. In autumn 2017 he performed on tour and recorded Beethoven’s own arrangement of his Violin Concerto as Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 61a, with Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Gordan Nikolić — this CD is scheduled for release in May 2018 on Onyx Classics.
Dejan Lazić’s compositions receive increased recognition, he was recently signed as a composer by Sikorski Music Publishing Group. He is the latest composer to join a list of respected names in the Sikorski catalogue, including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Khachaturian and Shchedrin. His arrangement of Brahms’ Violin Concerto as a piano concerto was premiered with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Spano 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”, Op. 18, many times since its premiere in 2014. His first major orchestral work, a tone poem entitled “Mozart and Salieri” (inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s eponymous drama), Op. 21, was commissioned and premiered by Indianapolis Symphony and Krzysztof Urbanski in April 2017, his Cadenzas for Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 – 4 were published recently. Lazić’s new Mozart arrangement “Rondo Concertante” for piano and orchestra (after the 3rd movement from Mozart’s Piano Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333) will be premiered in June 2018 at the “Mainly Mozart” Festival in San Diego, USA, with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra conducted by Michael Francis. He is currently working on his “Chinese Fantasy” for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 22.
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.
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