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San Francisco Performances Presents
Jan Lisiecki, piano

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 7:30pm | $70/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—September 13, 2021—San Francisco Performances (SFP) presents pianist Jan Lisieki on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre. This is Lisiecki’s second appearance with SFP. He first appeared in October 2013.

“We are honored to present this extraordinary young Canadian artist for the second time. It’s hard to believe that he gave his debut recital here at the age of 18. Having made his first live recordings in his early teens, he has become one of today’s great Chopin interpreters. We are delighted to welcome him back to San Francisco with this evocative program “Night Poems,” which encompasses 23 études and nocturnes by Chopin.”—Melanie Smith, SFP President

Jan Lisiecki’s (pronounced Li-SHET-skee) interpretations and technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. At 26, the Canadian performs over 100 yearly concerts worldwide, and has worked closely with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, Manfred Honeck, and Claudio Abbado.

Following his acclaimed Night Music recitals, Lisiecki recently presented both a new solo recital program and a Beethoven Lieder cycle with baritone Matthias Goerne, among others at the Salzburg Festival. Recent return invitations include Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for performances at Carnegie Hall and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Lisiecki has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra.

At the age of 15, Lisiecki signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The label launched its celebrations of the Beethoven Year 2020 with the release of a live recording of all five Beethoven concertos from Konzerthaus Berlin, with Jan Lisiecki leading the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the piano. In March 2020, a Beethoven Lieder cycle with Matthias Goerne followed, which was awarded the Diapason d’Or. Earlier recordings have been awarded with the JUNO and ECHO Klassik. In August 2021, Deutsche Grammophon released Frédéric Chopin's complete Nocturnes, marking Jan Lisiecki's eighth album for the prestigious label.

At 18, Lisiecki became both the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone’s Young Artist Award and received the Leonard Bernstein Award. He was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada in 2012.

The evening’s program will be as follows:
AllCHOPIN: “Poems of the Night”

Étude in C major Op. 10 No. 1
Nocturne in C minor Op. Posth.
Étude in A minor Op. 10 No. 2
Nocturne in E major Op. 62 No. 2
Étude in E major Op. 10 No. 3
Étude in C-sharp minor Op. 10 No. 4
Nocturne in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 1
Nocturne in D-flat major Op. 27 No. 2
Étude in G-flat major Op. 10 No. 5
Étude in E-flat minor Op. 10 No. 6
Nocturne in E-flat major Op. 9 No. 2
Nocturne in C minor Op. 48 No. 1


Nocturne in G minor Op. 15 No. 3
Étude in C major Op. 10 No. 7
Nocturne in F major Op. 15 No. 1
Étude in F major Op. 10 No. 8
Étude in F minor Op. 10 No. 9
Nocturne in B-flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
Étude in A-flat major Op. 10 No. 10
Nocturne in A-flat major Op. 32 No. 2
Étude in E-flat major Op. 10 No. 11
Nocturne in C-sharp minor Op. Posth.
Étude in C minor Op. 10 No. 12

Watch Lisieski play “Poems of the Night”:

Tickets are $70/$55/$45 and can be purchased at or by calling 415.392.2545. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as available including 50% off student rush tickets.

Please note our current health and safety protocols: Per San Francisco city guidelines, SF Performances requires all patrons ages 12 years and older, to show proof of full vaccination with a photo ID to attend performances. Masks will still be required at concerts until further notice. Full details of our safety protocols and practices are available here. Also note that social distanced seating is no longer required at SFP events.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm, and engaging arts experience.

Through successful partnerships with artists, Bay Area schools and community organizations, SFP has also established one of the most recognized and respected performing arts education programs in the country. Anchored by the artist residency program that brings artists into classrooms and community workshops, the arts education projects help expose new audiences, young and old, to the great performers of our time. San Francisco Performances’ outreach promotes active engagement with the performing arts, deepening the experience while opening events to diverse audiences.

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Jan Lisiecki, piano

WHEN: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: All CHOPIN program, “Poems of the Night”
CONCERT TICKETS: $70/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;

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