The remarkably precocious Calgary pianist Jan Lisiecki has been named as the winner of Gramophone magazine's 2013 young artist of the year. The 18-year-old student of the Royal Conservatory of Music's Glenn Gould School is the first North American prodigy to ever achieve the honour. Since 1977, the British magazine has handed out its Gramophone awards, which are highly significant within the classical record industry and should never be referred to as the "Grammies," for obvious reasons. Lisiecki, a young ivory-stroker of uncommon maturity, made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 2012 and was nominated for a Juno Award earlier this year. He recently released his second album on the respected classical label Deutsche Grammophon, Chopin Études.
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