Jan Lisiecki: It was probably music that chose me…
The pianist of Polish origin is only 17 years old, but he has already managed to perform in nearly 100 countries and has signed a special contract with the German Deutsche Grammophon-something that not all performers can do.
These days Jan is in Armenia and is getting ready for his concert with the Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra to be held at Aram Khachatryan Large Concert Hall on November 17. The pianist talked about how he feels about his creations and what the most important thing in music is during an interview with Eritasard.am. Eritasard.am: Jan, when was the first time that you sat at the piano? What did you feel at that moment? Jan Lisiecki: I don’t really remember because I was only 5 years old when I started playing the piano, but I must have liked it because nobody had forced me to do it. The most interesting thing about the piano is that you can get millions of colors in the form of sounds. Eritasard.am: Did you choose music, or did music choose you? J. L.: I think music chose me. Everything happens for a reason in life and there is a goal for everything. Eritasard.am: Who or what helped you realize that you were called for becoming a pianist? Was it in your genes? J. L.: I simply studied music. As I already mentioned, nobody forced me to play. The more I played, the more I liked it. After a while, I realize that music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Eritasard.am: You are one of the most famous pianists around the world. One should sense that by listening to you play and during your concerts. In what way are your songs and concerts different from those of others? J. L.: The important thing is that I never try to be in the spotlight. I don’t try to play quickly or do tricks. I simply picture what I’m playing in my mind. I enjoy the music, and I think that is transmitted to the audience. Eritasard.am: Not all of your peers are attracted to classical music. What do you do to satisfy the people of all ages? J. L.: There have to be concerts that educate. I often give concerts at schools. I take pride in the fact that the youth attend my concerts. Many musicians try to bring the youth to concerts through the social media, but that doesn’t increase the audience. What’s posted on the social networking websites is accessible to those who come to your concerts. You have to work hard to have more people in the audience. Eritasard.am: Can the audience’s responses have an impact on your other concerts? What does applause means to you? J. L.: It definitely has an impact. Applause is simply energy that the audience conveys to the performer, but I’m more interested in the process when you feel that people have simply come to hear you play and that that gives them pleasure. Eritasard.am: Like other pianists, you don’t get emotional. Do you manage to play and be in contact with the audience at the same time? J. L.: I don’t think movements are necessary. People need to listen more than see. There are people who feel the music like that, but I don’t like to do anything extra and distract people’s attention from the music. Eritasard.am: Have you ever performed works by Armenian composers? Have you ever collaborated with Armenian musicians? J. L.: I have never performed the works by Armenian composers…yet…but I think I will still have a chance to do that. I’m still 17 years old. Gallery: Jan Lisiecki Interview by Tsovinar Karapetyan