4 pianists to look out for in 2020

04 December 2019
By Ellie Palmer
We've singled out 4 of the world's most promising talents to keep your eyes on throughout 2020

1. Daumants Liepins

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Liepins wins the 2019 ©Vendome Prize

The winner of the Verbier Festival’s 2019 Vendome Prize. To win such a highly sought-after and prestigious prize is an impressive feat. The Latvian pianist has set himself up well for the coming year. He is due to perform at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival in the summer, and will surely now bring high expectations wherever he goes.


2. Mariam Batsashvili

Mariam Batsashvili. © Josef Fischnaller

Look out for Warner Classics’ new signing in 2020, who may be in line for an appearance on the cover of Pianist. Mariam first hit the international stage back in 2014 when she claimed 1st place at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition. Three years later, she was invited to become a BBC New Generation Artist. 2020 is looking like it will be an even bigger year for the pianist with multiple shows across Europe lined up. Keep an eye out!


3. Jan Lisiecki

Jan Lisiecki. © Christoph Köstlin

He may be just 24 years old, but he has already achieved more than most on this list. Jan signed with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of just 15. He’s entering a new phase of his career now that his successful younger days are behind him. He has multiple concerts lined up worldwide throughout 2020, including at the Kölner Philharmonie, Paris’s Théâtre des ChampsElysées, Wigmore Hall, and many other world-class venues.


4. Alexander Gadjiev

Alexander Gadjiev. © Christoph Köstlin

Chosen as one of the BBC’s New Generation Artists for the 2019-2021 period. The scheme helps artists on the cusp of an international career to reach the next stage of their development. Alexander will have the chance to perform around the UK, appear on studio recordings with BBC Radio 3 and take to the stage at the BBC Proms.

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