(biography, photo, video) Valentina Lisitsa
Valentina Lisitsa: a biography
Pianist Valentina Lisitsa called Justin Bieber in classical music. A nickname is a graduate of the Conservatory of Kiev, has lived 20 years in America, got through unprecedented success on YouTube. On it created the pianist has collected over 55 million views.
Born Valentina E. Fox in December 1973 in the capital of Ukraine. Already in 3 years the girl knew how to play the piano. A year later, the young pianist gave his first solo concert. But, interestingly, the Fox from an early age dreamed of becoming a musician, and a professional chess player. Life decided otherwise.
Musical biography of Valentina Lisitsa began at home and continued in one of the Kiev schools of music. After graduation, the musician continued to improve his talent at the Kiev Conservatory, a renowned teacher Lyudmila Tsvirko.
Valentina Lisitsa: music
In 1991, Fox husband be awarded the first prize of the prestigious international competition «Dranoff International Two Piano Competition» piano duets. This allowed the couple to move to the US, to North Carolina, where they continued their career as concert pianists.
In 1995 Valentina Lisitsa made her debut at the prestigious festival «Mostly Mozart Festival», which takes place in new York in the famous Lincoln center.
After the death of the Manager of the Fox musical career stalled. The pianist even think about changing occupation. But playing the piano – it was the only thing that managed to Valentina fine. And she decided to try to «untwist» itself, without the help of expensive managers.
Fox recalled the experience of Justin Bieber and decided that he might as well to try to gain popularity through YouTube. However, no one popularized this modern way of classical music. This path to success was quite complex and long. But it worked. In 2007 the pianist has uploaded to YouTube the first movie with a Rachmaninoff etude. Next, the network was loaded Chopin etudes. After that a DVD released in 2004 sketches were instantly sold out.
After five years, during which Valentina Lisitsa upload video from your game on YouTube, the oldest in the industry recording company Decca invited the pianist to sign a contract. It happened in early may 2012. And soon in London was the debut of the actress. The concert was held at the legendary Royal albert Hall.
Since then Valentina Lisitsa leads an active concert activity. For the period from 2008 to 2009, years she gives more than eighty concerts. She has been part of a famous Symphony orchestra of the state of são Paulo, the new Zealand Symphony orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic and Prague chamber orchestras. Often Valentina Lisitsa has appeared in chamber music duets with the American cellist Lynn Harrell and violinist Jimmy Lin, violist Roberto díaz, violinist from the UK IDA Haendel. But Valentine believes that the most interesting and important for her was a duet with violinist Hilary Hahn.
The Ukrainian pianist has performed in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in new York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Big concert hall of the Vienna musical society. Her repertoire includes many works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Grieg and Liszt.
Valentina Lisitsa: live in Donetsk
Except that Valentina Lisitsa is a talented pianist, she has an active civil position, which does not always coincide with the standard. Living in America, Valentine was not afraid to Express his opinion about events in his native Ukraine. Her comments on Twitter suddenly caused a loud outcry and scandal. Pianist openly expressed disagreement with the policies of the current government of Ukraine, referring to the ongoing armed conflict in the Donbass.
For this guide the Toronto Symphony orchestra in April 2015 struck out performer with the concert program, saying it «provocative comments» the Fox on her Twitter page. Valentina Lisitsa moved to France.
In June 2015 the pianist gave a concert in Donetsk. Here she came especially June 22, the anniversary of the great Patriotic war. The concert Valentina Lisitsa took place in the Lenin Komsomol Park. And began with the composer Sergei Prokofiev. It is symbolic, because in honor of Prokofiev’s named ensemble of the performer. And in Donetsk international airport named after Prokofiev, which is now completely destroyed. In the Park gathered about 7 thousand people who wanted to listen to the playing of the pianist.
Valentina Lisitsa: personal life
Personal life Valentina Lisitsa is inextricably linked with her work. In his youth, living in Kiev, Valentina met her future husband, Alexei Kuznetsov. Together they attended a musical school named after Lysenko and studied at the Kiev Conservatory under the same teacher Lyudmila Tsvirko. Together they moved to the United States and then to France. Pianist Alexey Kuznetsov not only husband but also partner Valentina in many musical duets.Valentina Lisitsa and Alexei Kuznetsov is the son of Benjamin. In North Carolina, the couple has a home. It was a place for four pianos and two cats. In her free time Valentina E. prepares Italian dishes and working in the garden.
Valentina Lisitsa: discography (albums)
- Virtuosa Valentina!
- Ida Haendel in Recital with IDA Haendel
- Charles Ives: Four Sonatas— Hilary Hahn
- Permit Me Voyage: Transcriptions for Trumpet with Craig Morris
- Live at the Royal Albert Hall
- Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt
- Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Valentina Lisitsa: photo