VALENTINA LISITSA ‒ Biography
“Each concerto is a perfect showcase for her talent… In tackling these huge cornerstones of the piano repertoire in her debut studio album, Valentina Lisitsa proves it’s not just Rachmaninov who should be taken seriously.”
Classic FM, 25 March 2013
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 40 concertos. She has a special affinity for the music of Rachmaninov and Beethoven and continues to add to her vast repertoire each season.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1973, Valentina Lisitsa began playing the piano at the age of three, giving her first solo recital a year later. She gained a place at the Lysenko Music School for Gifted Children and later studied under Ludmilla Tsvierko at the Kiev Conservatory. In 1991 she won the first prize in the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition together with Alexei Kuznetsoff, and she now resides in the USA.
Lisitsa has performed at leading international venues such as New York’s Carnegie andAvery Fisher halls and the Vienna Musikverein. In May 2010 she made her debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Dutch premiere of Rachmaninov’s “New 5th” Concerto, and in August 2011 her debut with the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira under Lorin Maazel.
With more than 62 million YouTube views and some 98,000 subscribers to her channel, Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most watched classical musicians on the internet, using digital innovation to champion classical music and performance. Impressed by her YouTube success, the Royal Albert Hall, in an unprecedented step, opened its doors for Valentina’s London debut on 19 June 2012. That concert, recorded and filmed by Decca Classics, became her first release on the label; it was also Google’s first-ever live HD stream.
Further 2012-13 season engagements included concerto appearances in Rotterdam, Munich, Mexico City, Italy, Hong Kong and across the USA, as well as recitals in Europe, North and South America. In February 2013 she made her debut in the main auditorium of the Berlin Philharmonie. Concert commitments in the 2013/14 season will take her to Taiwan and South Korea, Turin and Milan, Istanbul, Copenhagen and Stockholm as well as to Vienna, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and the Rheingau Music Festival. She will also be appearing in New York – opening the 92nd St. Y series on 19 October with a programme chosen by the public online – as well as in Washington, Chicago and Mexico City, and in London at the BBC Proms and the Wigmore Hall.
In 2012 Valentina Lisitsa signed an exclusive agreement with Decca Classics. Her June 2012 Albert Hall recital, immediately available as both CD and DVD for pre-order on the night of the concert, was followed by a 2-CD release of the complete concertos of Rachmaninov and Paganini Rhapsody with the London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Francis. 2013 will see the release of an exciting all-Liszt recital on both CD and LP.