Valentina Lisitsa

Biography

Born: 1973 in Kiev, Ukraine   Country: Ukraine   Period: 20th/21st Centuries
Valentina Lisitsa is one of a growing number of artists whose career has been boosted by concert postings on YouTube. After initial success, much of it in performances of duo-piano repertory with her husband Alexei Kuznetsoff, Lisitsa found her career stagnating by the early years of the new century. But following her cyber postings, she has made numerous high-profile concert appearances (many with violinist Hilary Hahn), recorded several highly Read more successful CDs and DVDs, and appeared on a PBS special, Valentina in Miami, and on the CBS television program Sunday Morning. Lisitsa plays a vast range of repertory, from Mozart, Beethoven and Liszt to Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and contemporary composers. Her duo repertory is nearly as broad, but includes heavy portions of Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. Lisitsa has recorded for Naxos, Audiofon, and on her on label Valal Productions.

Valentina Lisitsa was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1973. She began piano lessons at three and gave her debut recital at four. Her first advanced studies were at the Kiev-based Lysenko School of Music. She later studied piano at the Kiev Conservatory under Ludmilla Tsvierko.

Lisitsa met her future husband there and soon the two began appearing in duo piano concerts. In 1991 they won the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition in Miami, FL. That same year they relocated to the U.S., eventually settling in North Carolina.

In 1995 they debuted in New York at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, with conductor Gerard Schwarz. Lisitsa was now in demand, both as a soloist and duo pianist. She soon began making recordings: her debut album, Valentina, was a collection on Audiofon of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and others. She and her husband launched a series of duo recordings on the same label the following year with a CD of works by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

By 2005 Lisitsa's concert engagements had slowed to a trickle, but she quickly recaptured name recognition with her numerous YouTube postings, which drew hundreds of thousands of viewings. She also further advanced her career with several concert tours in the U.S. and Europe with Hilary Hahn, beginning in 2007.

Lisitsa's first recording on Naxos, a CD of works by Beethoven, Schumann, Thalberg, and Liszt, was issued in fall 2010. Her 2010-2011 concert schedule included appearances with the West Virgina, Santa Rosa, and North Carolina symphony orchestras, as well as more tours with Hahn.

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Beethoven, Schumann, Thalberg, Liszt / Valentina Lisitsa
Release Date: 09/28/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572491   Number of Discs: 1
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Permit Me Voyage - Transcriptions For Trumpet / Craig Morris, Valentina Lisitsa
Release Date: 10/25/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572506   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Love Story: Piano Themes from Cinema's Golden Age / Lisitsa
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002500302 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Addinsell,  Hubert Bath,  Jack Beaver,  Richard Rodney Bennett  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
    Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland,  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
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    Color Me Classical
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002528702 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Erik Satie,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Pascal Rogé,  Emma Johnson,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music Lab Collective
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    Nuances - Scriabin / Valentina Lisitsa
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002387102 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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    Scriabin: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280502 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Alexander Nemtin
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Gordon Fergus-Thompson,  Vovka Ashkenazy  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Igor Golovchin,  Valery Gergiev,  Eliahu Inbal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    Valentina Lisitsa Plays Philip Glass
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002277502 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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  • 6.
    Chopin, Schumann: Etudes / Valentina Lisitsa
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002224502 Release Date: 11/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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    Chasing Pianos -  Michael Nyman / Valentina Lisitsa
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002013502 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Nyman
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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  • 8.
    Valentina Lisitsa Plays Liszt
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001898702 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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  • 9.
    Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos / Lisitsa, Francis, LSO
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001811702 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
    Conductor:  Michael Francis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Valentina Lisitsa - Live At The Royal Albert Hall [DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001717409 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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    Valentina Lisitsa - Live at The Royal Albert Hall
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001709102 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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  • 12.
    Permit Me Voyage - Transcriptions For Trumpet / Craig Morris, Valentina Lisitsa
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572506 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Craig Morris,  Valentina Lisitsa
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    Ives: Sonatas / Hilary Hahn, Valentina Lisitsa
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001608202 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Valentina Lisitsa
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    Beethoven, Schumann, Thalberg, Liszt / Valentina Lisitsa
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572491 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sigismund Thalberg
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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    Ida Haendel In Recital
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1219 Release Date: 07/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Antonín Dvorák,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Ida Haendel,  Valentina Lisitsa
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