Friday, March 15th – 7:30 PM
Audio File: As heard on WLRN’s South Florida Arts Beat, 2/22/13; Adrienne Kennedy – Executive Producer, Ed Bell – Producer/Host, Written and Voiced by Charles Greenfield.
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YouTube piano sensation Valentina Lisitsa interview By Marian Liu, SouthFlorida.com
With her multi-faceted playing described as “dazzling”, Valentina Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Bernstein. Her orchestral repertoire alone includes more than forty concerti. She admits to having a special affinity for the music of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven and continues to add to her vast repertoire each season. In May 2010, Valentina Lisitsa performed the Dutch premiere of Rachmaninoff’s “New 5th” Concerto in her debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and in August 2011 made her debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica Brasileira under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel. In June 2012, Ms. Lisitsa had her recital debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The performance was streamed live on her YouTube channel and a recording of the concert was released on iTunes as well as on DVD by Decca Classics.
Previous highlights include debuts with the Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony, WDR Cologne, Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony, collaborating with conductors Manfred Honeck, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, among others. Her 11-12 season featured debut performances with the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony and recitals at Ravinia, Festival of the Arts Boca, Teatro de Colon in Buenos Aires and the Casals Festival.
Ms. Lisitsa has recorded 3 independently released DVDs, including her best-selling set of Chopin’s 24 Etudes, which long held the coveted #1 spot on the Amazon music video list. A champion in the use of new media, Ms. Lisitsa pushes traditional boundaries to reach out to audiences around the globe. With more than 30 million YouTube channel views, Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most sought-after classical musicians on the Web. Last summer, thousands of music fans worldwide witnessed bedazzled the live broadcast of Ms. Lisitsa’s practice sessions, allowing her to show a different aspect of her artistic persona. For two weeks, world audiences watched Ms. Lisitsa learn and prepare to the utmost detail almost 4 hours of new music in daily 14 hour long sessions. Similar initiatives followed for the recording sessions of her upcoming CD’s, receiving the enthusiastic approval and support from fans around the world. In addition, Ms. Lisitsa has recently completed recordings of the complete concerti of Rachmaninoff and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the London Symphony Orchestra under conductor Michael Francis.
Valentina Lisitsa records exclusively for Decca Classics and is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists.
For more information, please visit www.valentinalisitsa.com.
Photo Credits: Gilbert Francois