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31 July 2015, 09:45
Jan Lisiecki plays Rachmaninov
The phenomenally talented Canadian pianist took time out of his rehearsal at Bristol Old Vic to play one of the hardest pieces in the piano repertoire, just for us. We spoil you.
The brilliant young Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki was the first performer at the first ever Bristol Proms, in 2013. This year he was back on the stage of the Bristol Old Vic to perform a programme of Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Rachmaninov.
We popped into rehearsal and got an up-close view of Jan's performance of one of the most finger-blurring pieces for the piano – Rachmaninov's Prelude Op.3 No.2. Watch those fingers fly.
Jan spoke to Classic FM's Jane Jones ahead of the performance, about the challenge of performing from memory, the beautiful space at the Bristol Old Vic and why he feels a strong sense of responsibility to his audience:
Jan Lisiecki on taking his audience with him
The brilliant pianist talks to Jane Jones at the Bristol Proms