About

“One of the internet’s great musical sensations.”

The Daily Telegraph, 25 May 2012

 “. . . a hugely confident and spontaneous performer. There’s grace in her turns of phrase and relish in her sense of rhetoric; inner voices are often allowed to shine, and there can be lightness in her touch.”

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012

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 40 concertos. She has a special affinity for the music of Rachmaninov and Beethoven and continues to add to her vast repertoire each season.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1973, Valentina Lisitsa began playing the piano at the age of three, giving her first solo recital a year later. She gained a place at the Lysenko Music School for Gifted Children and later studied under Ludmilla Tsvierko at the Kiev Conservatory. In 1991 she won the first prize in the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition together with Alexei Kuznetsoff, and she now resides in the USA.

Lisitsa has performed at leading international venues such as New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher halls and the Vienna Musikverein. In May 2010 she made her debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Dutch premiere of Rachmaninov’s “New 5th” Concerto, and in August 2011 her debut with the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira under Lorin Maazel.

With more than 62 million YouTube views and some 98,000 subscribers to her channel, Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most watched classical musicians on the internet, using digital innovation to champion classical music and performance. Impressed by her YouTube success, the Royal Albert Hall, in an unprecedented step, opened its doors for Valentina’s London debut on 19 June 2012. That concert, recorded and filmed by Decca Classics, became her first release on the label; it was also Google’s first-ever live HD stream. Further 2012 engagements included concerto appearances in Rotterdam, Munich, Mexico City and Sicily, as well as recitals in Europe, North and South America.

In February 2013 she made her debut in the main auditorium of the Berlin Philharmonie and during the year also gave recitals in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Copenhagen (Tivoli Festival), Cologne, Bucharest, Palma de Mallorca, Washington, Brisbane and Seoul. As well as returning to the Berlin Philharmonie for a recital in December, Valentina also appeared in New York on 19 October to open the 92nd St. Y series with a programme chosen by the public online. The year’s concerto commitments took her across the USA as well as to Mexico City, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Copenhagen, Ljubljana and the BBC Proms in London.

2014 already includes concerts in Los Angeles, Vienna, Stuttgart, Paris, Milan, Stockholm and Istanbul as well as recitals in St. Paul, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Munich, at London’s Wigmore Hall and on tour in Japan.

In 2012 Valentina Lisitsa signed an exclusive agreement with Decca Classics. Her June 2012 Albert Hall recital, immediately available as both CD and DVD for pre-order on the night of the concert, was followed by a 2-CD release of the complete concertos of Rachmaninov and Paganini Rhapsody with the London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Francis. 2013 saw the release of an exciting all-Liszt recital on both CD and LP. In 2014, Decca will release Valentina’s recording of the piano music of Michael Nyman, in celebration of the composer’s 70th birthday. Featuring music from Nyman’s soundtracks to well-loved films such as The Piano and Wonderland, the companion digital release represents the complete published Nyman oeuvre for piano, running to over 110 minutes.

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Latest News

‘CHASING PIANOS’ – THE NEW ALBUM FROM VALENTINA LISISTA

12th Mar 2014 A coming together of two artists with enormous followings – Valentina Lisitsa,...

Valentina Lisitsa Plays Liszt is out now!

08th Oct 2013 "This is not another Liszt CD. There are no famous works on this CD. Some of th...

Valentina invites you to vote on the 92Y program!

10th Jul 2013 92Y have announced their Opening Night with Valentina's New York debut on Octobe...

Valentina Lisitsa makes Australian debut!

29th May 2013 Valentina is set to make her Australian debut on Saturday 8 June at Queensland P...

Valentina Lisitsa is to perform at Yellow Lounge London!

26th Mar 2013 Established seven years ago in the Berlin club scene, Yellow Lounge took the cla...

Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos / Paganini Rhapsody is OUT NOW!

11th Mar 2013 The wait is finally over as Valentina Lisitsa's complete Rachmaninov album is re...

Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos / Paganini Rhapsody now available to pre-order

20th Feb 2013 Valentina has recorded all four Rachmaninov piano concertos and the Paganini Rha...

Valentina Live in Berlin!

01st Feb 2013 Thursday 28 February 2013 Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany Valentina says: ...

LIVE stream this weekend!

26th Oct 2012 This Sunday 28th October, Valentina Lisitsa will perform the Rachmaninov: Piano ...

Live at the Royal Albert Hall out now

25th Jul 2012 The ground breaking concert, for which fans were offered the chance to decide th...
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Live

Pittsburgh, USA
19 September 2014

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Manfred Honeck

Valentina Lisitsa

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Pittsburgh, USA
20 September 2014

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Manfred Honeck

Valentina Lisitsa

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Pittsburgh, USA
21 September 2014

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Manfred Honeck

Valentina Lisitsa

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Chapel Hill, USA
28 September 2014

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Manfred Honeck

Valentina Lisitsa

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Milan, Italy
02 October 2014

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no. 2

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Xian Zhang

Valentina Lisitsa

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Milan, Italy
03 October 2014

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no. 2

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Xian Zhang

Valentina Lisitsa

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Milan, Italy
05 October 2014

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no. 2

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Xian Zhang

Valentina Lisitsa

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Ede, Netherlands
07 October 2014

programme to be announced

Recital

Valentina Lisitsa

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Groningen, Netherlands
10 October 2014

Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2

Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Antony Hermus

Valentina Lisitsa

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Drachten, Netherlands
12 October 2014

Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2

Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Arnaud Oosterbaan

Valentina Lisitsa

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Kempen, Germany
19 October 2014

programme to be announced

Recital
www.kemkla.de

Valentina Lisitsa

Porto, Portugal
21 October 2014

J.S. Bach/Busoni, Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninov

Recital

Valentina Lisitsa

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Coesfeld, Germany
26 October 2014

J.S. Bach/Busoni, Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninov

Recital

Valentina Lisitsa

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Bucharest, Romania
02 November 2014

programme to be announced

Recital

Valentina Lisitsa

Charleston, USA
15 November 2014

Brahms: Piano Concertos

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Valentina Lisitsa

Charleston, USA
16 November 2014

Brahms: Piano Concertos

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Valentina Lisitsa

Madison, USA
20 November 2014

programme to be announced

Recital

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Kennett Square, USA
22 November 2014

programme to be announced

Recital

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Quebec, Canada
24 November 2014

programme to be announced

Recital

Valentina Lisitsa

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Paris, France
01 December 2014

Beethoven, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Brahms

Recital

Valentina Lisitsa

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Leipzig, Germany
13 December 2014

Grieg: Piano Concerto

MDR Sinfonieorchester
Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
www.mdr.de

Valentina Lisitsa

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Leipzig, Germany
14 December 2014

Grieg: Piano Concerto

MDR Sinfonieorchester
Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
www.mdr.de

Valentina Lisitsa

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London, Great Britain
18 January 2015

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no. 2

London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Xian Zhang

Valentina Lisitsa

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Cincinnati, USA
28 January 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 3

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Francis

Valentina Lisitsa

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Cincinnati, USA
31 January 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 3

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Francis

Valentina Lisitsa

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Stockholm, Sweden
05 February 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 3

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Stefan Solyom

Valentina Lisitsa

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Stockholm, Sweden
07 February 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 3

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Stefan Solyom

Valentina Lisitsa

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Prague, Czech Republic
25 February 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 1

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Valentina Lisitsa

Prague, Czech Republic
26 February 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 1

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Valentina Lisitsa

Prague, Czech Republic
28 February 2015

Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninov

Recital

Valentina Lisitsa

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Los Angeles, USA
07 March 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2

American Youth Symphony
Conductor: Alexander Treger

Valentina Lisitsa

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Seoul, Korea, South
20 March 2015

programme to be announced

Recital

Valentina Lisitsa

Busan, Korea, South
21 March 2015

programme to be announced

Recital

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Daegu, Korea, South
22 March 2015

programme to be announced

Recital

Valentina Lisitsa

Niagara-on-the-Lake, USA
04 April 2015

programme to be announced

Recital
Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts

Valentina Lisitsa

Toronto, Canada
08 April 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Valentina Lisitsa

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Toronto, Canada
09 April 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Valentina Lisitsa

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Spokane, USA
18 April 2015

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Spokane Symphony
Conductor: Eckart Preu

Valentina Lisitsa

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Spokane, USA
19 April 2015

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Spokane Symphony
Conductor: Eckart Preu

Valentina Lisitsa

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Dayton, USA
23 April 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Neal Gittleman

Valentina Lisitsa

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Dayton, USA
25 April 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Neal Gittleman

Valentina Lisitsa

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Calgary, Canada
05 June 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Roberto Minczuk

Valentina Lisitsa

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Calgary, Canada
06 June 2015

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Roberto Minczuk

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Buy

Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt (CD)

Released 07.10.2013

Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos / Paganini Rhapsody (CD)

Released 11.03.2013

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4 [Digital EP] (Download)

Released 18.02.2013

Rachmaninov Paganini Rhapsody [Digital EP] (Download)

Released 15.01.2013

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 [Digital EP] (Download)

Released 03.12.2012

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 [Digital EP] (Download)

Released 29.10.2012

Live From The Albert Hall (DVD)

Released 30.07.2012

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