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Valentina Lisitsa: Bio

With her multi-faceted playing described as "dazzling", Valentina Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Bernstein.  Her orchestral repertoire alone includes more than forty concerti.  She admits to having a special affinity for the music of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven and continues to add to her vast repertoire each season.

Valentina Lisitsa was born in Kiev, Ukraine and began playing the piano at the age of three, performing her first solo recital a year later. She gained a place at the Lysenko Music School for Gifted Children and later studied at the Kiev Conservatory under Ludmilla Tsvierko. In 1991 she won the first prize in The Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition together with Alexei Kuznetsoff. She now resides in the USA.

With more than 30 million YouTube channel views, Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most watched classical musicians on the Web, using digital innovation to champion classical music and performance. She has performed in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Musikverein. In May 2010, Valentina Lisitsa performed the Dutch premiere of Rachmaninoff's "New 5th" Concerto in her debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and in August 2011 made her debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica Brasileira under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel.

Valentina Lisitsa has recorded three independently-released DVDs, including her best-selling set of Chopin's 24 Etudes.  Her recording of the 4 sonatas for violin and piano by composer Charles Ives, made with Hahn, was released in October 2011. In addition, Ms. Lisitsa has recently completed recordings of the complete concerti of Rachmaninoff and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the London Symphony Orchestra under conductor Michael Francis.

Her 11-12 season features debut performances with the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony and recitals at Ravinia, Festival of the Arts Boca, Teatro de Colon in Buenos Aires and the Casals Festival, chamber engagements, and a solo recital in June 2012 at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Valentina Lisitsa records exclusively for Decca Classics.

1 Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto  
2 Bennett: Murder On The Orient Express - Overture  
3 Shostakovich: The Storming Of Red Hill  
4 Williams: Jealous Lover  
5 Rota: The Legend of the Glass Mountain  
6 Farnon: Seashore  
7 Addinsell: Invocation  
8 Smith: The Mansell Concerto  
9 Bath: Cornish Rhapsody  
10 Beaver: Portrait of Isla  
11 Grusin: New Hampshire Hornpipe  
12 Lucas: Rhapsody  
13 Bridgewater: Legend of Lancelot  
14 Williams: The Dream Of Olwen  
15 Davis: Pride and Prejudice  
Interview Valentina Lisitsa
Interview with Valentina Lisitsa at Piano City Napoli 2019

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, one of the most watched classical musicians on the internet with 118 million views and more than 260,000 subscribers on YouTube, returns with a lush program of cinematic music originally scored for piano and orchestra.  Drawing on film scores from the 1940s and on, Lisitsa has selected a program showcasing the full range of on screen emotions. The solo piano was often the only accompaniment to film in the cinema's infancy and "silent" days, but with the advent of sound it was not long before the instrument found a more concertante role in soundtrack music. John Huntley, in his book British Film Music, cites the use of the piano in a minor melodrama, The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940), as a milestone in this field. It never really has a concerto role but it started something that has continued through changes in style and fashion right up to modern times.

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