Lilya Zilberstein

Biography

Born: April 19, 1965; Moscow, Russia  
Compact in physical size and lacking the long fingers usually expected of a virtuoso pianist, Lilya Zilberstein nonetheless has made a powerful impression with connoisseurs of fine piano performance. By the age of 30, she had already become one of the world's finest pianists. Born in Russia and trained in the tradition of her great predecessors, Zilberstein relocated to Germany and pursues an active career in the West, performing throughout Read more Europe and North America. Several recording made for Deutsche Grammophon have drawn enthusiastic reviews, advancing her reputation and preserving some memorable interpretations.

Zilberstein received extensive schooling at the Gnesin Special Music School, training with Ada Traub from 1971 to 1983, thereafter moving on to work with Alexander Satz at the same institution and continuing under his tutelage until 1990. In Russia, she took first prize in numerous piano competitions. Winning first prize at the Busoni Competition in 1987 resulted in Zilberstein's German debut at a 1988 concert in Munich and a handsome contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Concerts elsewhere followed in quick succession, including solo appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, London Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, RAI Symphony of Turin, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, the Danish National Radio Orchestra, the MDR Orchestra of Leipzig, the Montreal Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony under James Levine. She has also become a favorite at the Peninsula Music Festival, having been engaged for multiple performances with music director Viktor Yampolsky over the course of three seasons.

In addition to orchestral appearances, Zilberstein has presented recitals in many of the world's musical capitals. She has won acclaim in New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Dresden, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Rotterdam, and Florence, among other cities. Zilberstein moved to Hamburg in 1990, residing there with her husband and two sons; they may be observed traveling with her when school schedules do not interfere.

Among Zilberstein's several excellent recordings are her imaginative reading of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, a bravura coupling of Rachmaninoff's Second and Third piano concertos with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abbado, and a technically strong yet lyrically inflected Grieg Piano Concerto with Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Loathe to add a distracting element of glamour to her stage deportment, Zilberstein is all business in addressing the keyboard. Sitting erect and offering no extraneous gestures, she is content to put all of her concentration into the music she performs. Only when she has finished does she relax a bit and allow the audience to see her melting smile. Audiences have responded to her exciting and detailed performances in a fashion exemplified by a Montreal critic who praised her April 16, 2002, performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 by citing her "virtuosity and nuanced palette." Read less

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Biography

Born: April 19, 1965; Moscow, Russia  
Compact in physical size and lacking the long fingers usually expected of a virtuoso pianist, Lilya Zilberstein nonetheless has made a powerful impression with connoisseurs of fine piano performance. By the age of 30, she had already become one of the world's finest pianists. Born in Russia and trained in the tradition of her great predecessors, Zilberstein relocated to Germany and pursues an active career in the West, performing throughout Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Piano Quintet in C major Op.posth.: I Molto placido
Piano Quintet in C major Op.posth.: II Andantino con moto
Piano Quintet in C major Op.posth.: III Finale.: Allegro vivace
Piano Quintet, Op.108: I. Moderato
Piano Quintet, Op.108: II. In Temp di Valse
Piano Quintet, Op.108: III. Andante
Piano Quintet, Op.108: IV. Lento
Piano Quintet, Op.108: V. Moderato pastorale
Rachmaninov: 2 Pieces: No. 2 Romance in A Major
Rachmaninov: 2 Pieces: No. 1 Waltz in A Major
Rachmaninov: Russian Rhapsody in E Minor: I. Moderato - Cadenza - Vivace - Meno mosso
Rachmaninov: Russian Rhapsody in E Minor: II. Andante - con moto - Tempo I (meno mosso)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.1 in C minor, Op.4 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.1 in C minor, Op.4 - 2. Minuetto (Allegretto)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.1 in C minor, Op.4 - 3. Larghetto
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.1 in C minor, Op.4 - 4. Finale (Presto)
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: I. Allegro moderato
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: II. Andante con variazioni
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: IV. Allegro moderato
Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: I. Barcarolle
Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: II. La nuit... l'amour
Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: III. Les larmes
Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: IV. Pâques
6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 1 Barcarolle in G Minor
6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 2 Scherzo in D Major
6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 3 Thème russe in B Minor
6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 4 Valse in A Major
6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 5 Romance in C Minor
6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 6 Slava in C Major
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 1. Allegro molto moderato
Grieg: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.16 - 2. Adagio - attacca
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
No.1 in C major: Allegro vivace
No.2 in B flat minor: Allegretto
No.3 in E major: Allegro vivace
No.4 in E minor: Allegro con brio
No.5 in G major: Moderato
No.6 in F minor: Allegro appassionato
No.7 in F major: Moderato
No.8 in A minor: Vivo
No.9 in A major: Allegro moderato
No.10 in B minor: Lento
No.11 in B major: Allegretto
No.12 in g sharp minor: Allegro
No.13 in D flat major: Grave - Allegro - Grave
Allegro -
Meno mosso -
Adagio -
Allegro - Poco meno mosso -
Adagio - Lento -
Allegro - Meno mosso - Moderato - Allegro
No. 1 in B flat minor: Andantino
No. 2 in E flat minor: Allegretto
No. 3 in B minor: Andante cantabile
No. 4 in E minor: Presto
No. 5 in D flat major: Adagio sostenuto
No. 6 in C major: Maestoso
Promenade
I. Gnomus
Promenade
II. The Old Castle
Promenade
III. Tuileries
IV. Bydlo
Promenade
V. Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells
VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle (Two Polish Jews - Rich and Poor)
Promenade
VII. Limoges, the Market
VIII. Catacombae: sepulchrum romanum
Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba Yaga)
X. The Great Gate of Kiev
Shostakovich: Piano Sonata no.1 op.12 - Allegro -
Shostakovich: Piano Sonata no.1 op.12 - Meno mosso -
Shostakovich: Piano Sonata no.1 op.12 - Adagio -
Shostakovich: Piano Sonata no.1 op.12 - Allegro - Poco meno mosso -
Shostakovich: Piano Sonata no.1 op.12 - Adagio - Lento -
Shostakovich: Piano Sonata no.1 op.12 - Allegro - Meno mosso - Moderato - Allegro
I. Molto adagio. Allegro
II. Adagio con molto espressione
III. Allegro non troppo
I. Adagio. Allegro agitato
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace. Presto
II. Allegro non troppo
III. Allegretto con espressione
IV. Allegretto con moto
VI. Allegro
VIII. Vivace assai
X. Allegro moderato
XII. Allegretto moderato
Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos, Op.34b: Allegro non troppo
Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos, Op.34b: Andante, un poco adagio
Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos, Op.34b: Scherzo (Allegro)
Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos, Op.34b: Finale (Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo - Presto non troppo)
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo. Allegro non troppo
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 1. Allegro molto moderato
Grieg: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.16 - 2. Adagio - attacca
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Minuetto (Allegretto)
3. Larghetto
4. Finale (Presto)
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 1. Allegro molto moderato
Grieg: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.16 - 2. Adagio - attacca
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso


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