Valentina Lisitsa

Piano

Valentina Lisitsa

“In everything she does, there seems to be a special combination of utterly self-assured virtuosity and real lyricism and communication…”

The Guardian, Jun 15th 2012

Biography

Valentina Lisitsa is not only the first «YouTube star» of classical music; more importantly, she is the first classical artist to have converted her internet success into a global concert career in the principal venues of Europe, the USA, South America and Asia.

Washington Post Online wrote: “It’s striking that her playing is relatively straightforward. ‘Straightforward’ is an inadequate term for virtuosity. She does not tart the music up. She does not seek to create a persona, much less impose one on what she is playing. She offers readings that are, when you penetrate through the satin curtains of the soft playing and the thunder of the loud playing, fundamentally honest and direct. You feel you’re getting a strong performer but also a sense of what the piece is like rather than of how Lisitsa plays it. I was impressed, sometimes dazzled and sometimes even taken aback by the ferocity of her fortissimos. And she is also a delicate, sensitive, fluid player who can ripple gently over the keys with the unctuous smoothness of oil.”

She posted her first video on the internet platform YouTube in 2007, a recording of the Etude op. 39/6 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. In a broadcast interview, she said: “My first YouTube clip was a lo-fi VHS recording on an awful school piano, and my hands were out of sync with the sound. But even so, my message came across to people. Straight away they started telling me that my interpretations meant something to them, that they changed things, that they stood out.” The views increased staggeringly; more videos followed. The foundation stone of a social-network career unparalleled in the history of classical music was laid. Her YouTube channel now records 346.000 subscribers and 147 million views with an average 75000 views per day.

For the 125th anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s death, Decca will release a special CD-Box in November 2018: the complete works for solo piano by Tchaikovsky recorded by Valentina Lisitsa (as well as some duets recorded with her husband and duet partner Alexei Kuznetsoff). Some of the works have just recently been rediscovered and were never recorded before.
In 2018/2019, Valentina will play concerts with orchestras in the USA, in Finland, in South Korea, in Italy and in Scotland. Moreover, recitals will bring her to South America (Bogota, Colombia and Joinville, Brazil), Portugal (Sintra and Porto), Italy (Messina and Catania), Istanbul, Prague, Paris, Barcelona and Beijing (NCPA). Furthermore, she will be Artist in Residence at the Internationale Musikfestspiele Saar and the Palermo Classica Festival.

The last season included a tour with the Russian State Philharmonic in Great Britain with concerts in London, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Warwick, as well as a South America Recital Tour to Buenos Aires, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro. She was invited to perform at numerous festivals such as the Palermo Classica Festival, Festival der Stille in Kaiserstuhl (Switzerland), Festival Savoy Truffle in Megève (France). Valentina also performed in South Africa, Spain, France, Germany and Belgium, as well as a concert in honor of the King of Taipei.

 

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Reviews

About her concert with Spanish National Orchestra and Ramon Tebar, March 2017; playing all Rachmaninov piano concertos and the Paganini Variations in one evening:

“Orchestra and director, to the height of the circumstances, fulfilled without fault their important work, with a musicality and a control of the outstanding textures. Lisitsa, as the unstoppable force of nature that is, passed over the beautiful Bösendorfer displaying a charming musicality and a staggering virtuosity, to which we must add incredible physical endurance, as each of these five summits of the piano is enough to take more than one great teacher out of breath. The five together are impossible for most. But to endure this test beyond the notes, to correct the notes, putting musicality in each one of them, expressing in each sentence an understanding and a love for that music beyond doubt, are something new for those who humbly sign these lines.”

Álvaro Menéndez Granda

Codalario

“Lisitsa is a serious artist… Her essential attribute is a fevered urgency, an almost desperate desire to suck the expressive marrow from a piece”

The Daily Telegraph

“Her energetic style is most dramatically captured at the end of the Third Concerto, galloping along with a coltish exuberance.”

The Independent

More Reviews

“Lisitsa is a serious artist… Her essential attribute is a fevered urgency, an almost desperate desire to suck the expressive marrow from a piece”

The Daily Telegraph 

” Her energetic style is most dramatically captured at the end of the Third Concerto, galloping along with a coltish exuberance.”

The Independent 

“The YouTube channel of Ukrainian-born classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa has more than 55 million video views and 77,000 subscribers. She has played at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, made a sellout London debut last June at the Royal Albert Hall and ridden her YouTube fame to a deal with a mainstream record label.”

Wall Street Journal 

“The playing was clean, the architecture beautifully shaped, all three movements propelled by a fizzing energy that was under total control.”

The Independent 

“Lisitsa’s playing sounds like a clear stream flowing over rounded pebbles, light, gleaming, glinting but never spiked and cutting.”

The Birkshire Review 

“In everything she does, there seems to be a special combination of utterly self-assured virtuosity and real lyricism and communication…”

The Guardian 

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Featured Discography

LOVE STORY Piano Themes From Cinema's Golden Age

2016

Chopin / Schumann Etudes

2014

Valentina Lisitsa LIVE at the Royal Albert Hall DVD

2012

Scriabin Nuances

2015

CHASING PIANOS The Piano Music of Michael Nyman

2014

Ives: Four Sonatas

2012

SCRIABIN The Complete Works

2015

VALENTINA LISITSA Plays Liszt

2013

VALENTINA LISITSA Plays Philip Glass

2015

Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos / Paganini Rhapsody

2013