A Beethoven symphony entirely without sheet music? No problem for the Aurora Orchestra, founded in 2005 by Nicholas Collon!
The ensemble has continued to advance its trademark of concerts played by heart and standing up in recent years. It is the first orchestra in the world to perform its works in this way. With its distinctive creative edge and bold virtuosity, the Aurora Orchestra combines world-class performances with innovative programming. Having quickly risen to the ranks of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras, it has received several important awards, including the Echo Klassik, two music prizes from the Royal Philharmonic Society and the “Classical:next Innovation Award”.
The young pianist Jan Lisiecki, who has been described by BBC Music Magazine as “perhaps the most ‘complete’ pianist of his age” and who plays with the same level of energy has also won a number of awards. The Canadian presents his comprehensive technical and interpretational range in Munich with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. The 27-year-old confidently strives to reproduce the composer’s intention as transparently as possible, while always letting his own refreshingly spontaneous creativity shine through. In 2012, Jan Lisiecki signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, making him the label’s youngest artist ever. But “child prodigy” is not a label he identifies with. Preferring to use his success to the benefit of society, the then 17-year-old became a Unicef ambassador for Canada in the same year.