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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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
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No.1 In C Major
No.2 In A Minor - "Chromatique"
No.3 In E Major - "Tristesse"
No.4 In C Sharp Minor
No.5 In G Flat - "Black Keys"
No.6 In E Flat Minor
No.7 In C Major
No.8 In F Major
No.9 In F Minor
No.10 In A Flat Major
No.11 In E Flat Major
No.12 In C Minor "Revolutionary"
No.1 In A Flat Major - "Harp Study"
No.2 In F Minor
No.3 In F Major
No.4 In A Minor
No.5 In E Minor
No.6 In G Sharp Minor
No.7 In C Sharp Minor
No.8 In D Flat Major
No.9 In G Flat Major - "Butterfly Wings"
No.10 In B Minor
No.11 In A Minor "Winter Wind"
No.12 In C Minor
Theme
Etude I
Variation I
Etude II
Etude III
Etude IV
Etude V
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
3 Nouvelles Etudes No.1 In F Minor
3 Nouvelles Etudes No.2 In A Flat
3 Nouvelles Etudes No.3 In D Flat
Variation V
Etude VI
Etude VII
Etude VIII
Etude IX
Etude X
Etude XI
Etude XII (Finale)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.1 - 1. Vivace
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.1 - 2. Andante
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.1 - 3. Allegro vivace
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 1. Allegro ma non tanto
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 2. Intermezzo (Adagio)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 3. Finale (Alla breve)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 - 1. Moderato
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 - 2. Adagio sostenuto
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 - 3. Allegro scherzando
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, Op.40 - 1. Allegro vivace (Alla breve)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, Op.40 - 2. Largo
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, Op.40 - 3. Allegro vivace
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Introduction & Variation 1
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Theme
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 2
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 3
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 4
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 5
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 6
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 7
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 8
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 9
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 10
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 11
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 12
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 13
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 14
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 15
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 16
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 17
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 18
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 19
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 20
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 21
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 22
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 23
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 24
I. Prelude
II. Menuet
III. Clair de lune
IV. Passepied
No. 1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
No. 2. Lebhaft, leicht
No. 3. Rasch und mit Feuer
I. Allegro amabile
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Andante con moto - Allegro
No. 1. A nun takes the veil
No. 2. The secrets of the old
No. 3. Sure on this shining night
No. 4. Nocturne
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 - 1. Andante - Allegro vivace
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 - 2. Largo cantabile
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 - 3. Allegro
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 - 1. Autumn. Adagio maestoso - Allegro moderato
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 - 2. In the Barn. Presto - Allegro moderato
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 - 3. The Revival. Largo - Allegretto
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 - 1. Adagio (Verse I) - Andante (Verse II) - Allegretto (Verse III) - Adagio (Last Verse)
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 - 2. Allegro
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 - 3. Adagio (Cantabile) - Andante con spirito
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 "Children's Day At The Camp Meeting" - 1. Allegro
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 "Children's Day At The Camp Meeting" - 2. Largo - Allegro (con slugarocko)
Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 "Children's Day At The Camp Meeting" - 3. Allegro