About the artist
Fearless in exploration of new means to connect with her audience, Ms. Lisitsa embraces ever newer technologies. Last summer, she installed a webcam in her practice studio, while learning new pieces from the beginning stages to performance-ready versions. It took her two weeks of 14-hour long practice sessions (interrupted only by coffee breaks and watching the World Cup) to learn approximately 25 new works – 4 hours’ worth of music. At the same time, sharing the experience with thousands of people watching the whole process was well worth it, judging by enthusiastic response she got for her effort. Her latest recording sessions were streamed “live” over the internet in their entirety; this is something that very few musicians would be brave enough to share. Over two days’ time, audiences around the world could watch how the recording of 24 Chopin Etudes was taking place. People could witness not only the perfectly edited takes, but also the real work – sweat, mistakes, frustration… It made for an invaluable experience, particularly for inspiring young musicians, who were able to see how much effort and dedication goes into making a recording.
On the subject of recordings, while Ms. Lisitsa eschewed – until now – traditional audio recording format (you can’t even find her on iTunes), that is all about to change. Being a proud contrarian, she feels that she can buck a trend of declining CD sales in the music industry. Last year, she recorded a complete set of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerti with the London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of the exciting young conductor Michael Francis. In addition to this monumental task, she has recorded a disc of solo Rachmaninoff works – his rarely heard First Sonata and “Moments Musicaux”. The Rachmaninoff discs along with the recording of 24 etudes by Chopin are planned to be released over the next year, and Ms. Lisitsa is confident that all these CDs will be a great success, in major part because of her enormous fan base.
As much as she enjoys making recordings, Ms. Lisitsa is at her best when performing in “live” concerts. She is a pianist embodying the old Romantic tradition of taking chances and embracing risk rather than being calculating and cautious. Combined with her unique command of piano colors, unrivaled touch, and dynamic range, it makes for an electrifying experience. Her latest project, a vinyl LP of Liszt masterpieces , was done in this grand old tradition – purely analog recording , no edits, live audience… a feat yet unmatched in classical music field of today…. As demand for her live appearances has grown quickly , she has appeared in the last couple of seasons with orchestras such as the Chicago, Pittsburgh Symphony , San Francisco , Seattle, West Deutsche Rundfunk, and Rotterdam Symphonies, to name just a few; collaborating with conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lorin Maazel and James Gaffigan.
June 19th 2011 Valentina is making her recital debut in Royal Albert Hall in London UK. An invitation like this was reserved over last century to a very few classical artists. This is a historic event not to be missed.