VALENTINA

LISITSA

PIANIST PROFILE

Valentina Lisitsa:

Ukrainian-American Pianist

Born: 

11 December 1973

Personal Website:

www.valentinalisitsa.com

Education

Kiev Conservatory

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PERFORMANCES

Valentina Lisitsa features here in four

video performances

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GALLERY

 

SELECTED REVIEWS

Just a handful of reviews 

for Valentina's fantastic playing.

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“With her emphasis on early and rare Scriabin, Valentina Lisitsa provides an alternative universe . . . ["Nocturne pour la main gauche seule"]: Lisitsa's block chords and runs enjoy a pearly, sensuous resonance, the watery middle-register and high-tessitura arpeggios often creating the illusion of two hands . . . Potent piano sound from Patrick Allen and Executive Producer Alexander Van Ingen.”

Audiophile Audition, 20. December 2015

“One could hardly guess . . . [that Lisitsa] can make a piano roar and thunder in the way she does in Liszt's B minor Ballade . . . [nobody] matches the enormous wave of sound produced by Lisitsa . . . Confirmation of Lisitsa's iron-clad technique comes in the ferociously difficult and rarely recorded "El contrabandista" . . . as a virtuoso showpiece, designed to whip an audience into a frenzy it is a complete success. Lisitsa is able to exploit its superficial dazzle to the full . . . the remaining items are five Schubert song transcriptions -- their delicate passagework skilfully executed -- and lastly the "Hungarian Rhapsody" No 12, scintillating and idiosyncratic in equal measure . . .”

Gramophone (London) / 01. January 2014

“. . . brilliant in every way. Lisitsa is a major pianist with a fantastic technique, playing millions of notes with greatest accuracy and tonal beauty. Her opening address to the sold-out audience is a "bonus" and shows she has a terrific sense of humor . . . The adoring audience loves every minute of it, and for good reason. This is an impressive issue from a fine artist who got a big break via YouTube.”

Classicalcdreview.com / 19. August 2012

 

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INTERVIEWS

Four video interviews showcasing the person behind the performances

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YOUTUBE PLAYLIST

VALENTINA LISITSA

RECORDINGS

Here are 4 selected Decca discs from Valentina's commercial recording output. 

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& BLOG POSTS

Valentina and her playing is widely discussed in major online sources. Here's just a few.

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Concerto for Piano and YouTube:

Valentina Lisitsa Jump-Starts Her Career Online

"Visitors browsing through the YouTube channel of the pianist Valentina Lisitsa can watch her in hundreds of videos. There are live webcams of her practicing at her home in North Carolina, long blonde hair tossing and brow furrowed in concentration as she reads through new works. There she is in a red gown playing Schumann’s “Traumerei” at a concert in Seoul, and recording Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 at the Abbey Road Studios in London.

Ms. Lisitsa, 43, resurrected a completely stalled career through YouTube..."

www.nytimes.com

Valentina Lisitsa: My ten tips for how to become a viral YouTube star

 

"In 2007 the brilliant Ukrainian pianist found her career was floundering. The concert bookings weren’t coming in and she didn’t have any recordings to speak of. And then, she started uploading videos of her performances to YouTube…"

www.classicfm.com

Valentina Lisitsa: The Ukrainian pianist on her complete Rachmaninov Concertos

"Pianist Valentina Lisitsa has become a YouTube sensation, with more than 30 million visitors watching the videos she posts. But a few years ago it was a different story..."

 

www.classical-music.com

Valentina Lisitsa: The pianist who won the Internet

Done is better than perfect' was the motto of the mid-aughts. Adopters of this Internet maxim won their place atop the search and social heap. Such an approach to success seems antithetical to classical music’s long-held system of deference to experts. But Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa, 43, dared to tamper with that formula, using YouTube as her empty stage..."

 

www.washingtonpost.com

Exclusive interview with pianist Valentina Lisitsa

"If there were only one composer in the world you could play, who would it be?..."

 

www.pianistmagazine.com

 

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