Valentina Lisitsa, pianist Sunday, Feb. 8, 2008 at 7 PM Le Petit Trianon Theatre, San Jose, CA Program
The incomparable talents of pianist Valentina Lisitsa have been recognized in glowing reviews as a "gigantic talent" and as "the kind of talent that comes along once in a generation." A performance of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto at the Grant Park Festival in Chicago was described by the Chicago Sun-Times as "jaw-dropping."
Ms. Lisitsa is capturing the attention of audiences throughout the world for her stunning virtuosity and unequaled sense of lyricism. Widely known and respected as a duo-pianist alongside her husband Alexei Kuznetsoff, she brings to the concert stage a rare technical mastery combined with deep understanding of musical inner life.
Born in Kiev, Ms. Lisitsa presented her first solo recital at the age of six. A graduate of the famed Kiev Conservatory, she has won numerous international prizes, such as the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition, Concertino Prague, The Lysenko Piano Competition, The Paris Chamber Music Competition, and the Ukrainian Chamber Music Competition. Since making her New York debut in 1995 at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center with Gerard Schwartz conducting, she has maintained an active international schedule in recital and with orchestras, including a US tour with the Orchestre National de France under Charles Dutoit, performing the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos with her husband in, among other places, New York and Boston. She has also performed in a 30 performance tour with the Prague Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Lisitsa is a frequent guest artist of numerous orchestras and festivals including the Indianapolis Symphony and Chicago's Grant Park Festival where she has appeared seven years in a row performing concerti by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, MacDowell, Bernstein, and Beethoven.
Her career highlights include her performances of all the Rachmaninoff concerti with numerous US and European orchestras, a 29 city recital tour (solo and duo with her husband, Alexei Kuznetsoff) in the US, a performance of Rachmaninoff's Second Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with Andrew Litton conducting, and the world premiere of Schubert-Liszt's Schwanengesang at the Los Angeles County Museum of the Art, which was broadcasted live.
Her international appearances include recitals in the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea and concerts in Russia, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Since her debut at the prestigious Concert Society Series in Milan, Ms. Lisitsa has been re-engaged seven times for recitals and orchestral performances. The most respectable Italian newspaper, Corriere Della Sera, says, "…A singular mixing of grace and mysterious power…" Ms. Lisitsa's most recent performance of Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Munich and the I PALPITI Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles was said to be "…as Shostakovich himself played it…" (Los Angeles Times).
Her recent engagements have included, a tour with the Talich String Quartet, a month-long tour with the Russian Symphony Orchestra in the United States and Mexico, recitals and an orchestra tour in Italy, a 12 concert US tour with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, a European tour with the Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra and solo and chamber music recitals in Milan, Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Glasgow, San Diego, Miami, New York, and Chicago. Highlights from past seasons include the Atlanta Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmoniker, with the NYPO Chamber Players and Lynn Harrell, concerts in Knoxville, Las Vegas, Miami, Pensacola, and at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. In the 2004/2005 season, Ms. Lisitsa's engagements included performances in New Zealand, Mexico and throughout the United States. Ms. Lisistsa's busy 2005/2006 schedule included performances with the Nashville Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, and Orquestra de Sao Paulo. Her summer 2006 schedule included her debut at the Bard Music Festival, as well as appearances at the Grant Park Music Festival, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and with the Orquestra Sinfónica de Mineria in Mexico.
Ms. Lisitsa's recent 2006-2007 season engagements included orchestral appearances with the Pacific Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and Black Hills Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Lisitsa also toured the US in recital. This 2007-2008 season, Ms. Lisitsa will join Hilary Hahn in extensive tours throughout the US and Europe.
Ms. Lisitsa can be heard on the Audiofon label. Her discography consists of seven highly acclaimed CD recordings including performances of Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto with the Ekaterinburg Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Caldwell conducting; two CDs of duo piano performances; the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata with William De Rosa, and three solo recital programs ranging from Mozart to Prokofiev. In addition to her extensive discography, Ms. Lisitsa has also recorded a television program "Valentina in Miami," a one hour music special produced and presented by PBS. A DVD of Ms. Lisitsa's interpretation of all 24 Chopin Etudes is also available. Recently, Ms. Lisitsa was featured in a segment of the CBS News program "Sunday Morning."
Étude-tableau in A minor Op. 39 No. 6 ................................ Prelude in G major Op. 32 No. 5 (1873-1943) Prelude in G# minor Op. 32 No. 12 Prelude in B minor Op. 32 No. 10 Prelude in G minor Op. 23 No. 5
Sonata No. 23 in f minor “Appassionata” .............................
1. Allegro assai (1770-1827)
2. Andante con moto - attacca
3. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Ludwig van Beethoven
I N T E R M I S S I O N
Kinderscenen Op. 15 ....................................................................... Of Foreign Lands and Peoples (Von fremden Ländern und Menschen) A Curious Story (Kuriose Geschichte) Blind Man's Bluff (Hasche-Mann) Pleading Child (Bittendes Kind) Happiness (Glückes genug) An Important Event (Wichtige Begebenheit) Reverie (Träumerei) At The Fireside (Am Kamin) Knight Of The Hobbyhorse (Ritter vom Steckenpferd) Almost Too Serious (Fast zu ernst) Frightening (Fürchtenmachen) Child Falling Asleep (Kind im Einschlummern) The Poet Speaks (Der Dichter spricht)
Grande fantaisie sur le Barbier de Séville, Opérade Rossini Op.63 ..
Totentanz (original solo piano version) ................................................
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