Elisabeth Leonskaja is among the most celebrated pianists of our time. Born in Georgia to a Russian family, she gave her first concerts at age 11. While still a student, she won prizes in the prestigious Enescu, Marguerite Long and Queen Elizabeth international piano competitions. Her musical development was shaped by her collaboration with Svjatoslav Richter, who recognized her exceptional talent and fostered her development not only through teaching and giving advice, but also by inviting her to play numerous duets with him.
She is a frequent guest at many prestigious summer music festivals, and gives recitals in all the major musical centres. Despite her busy schedule as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras, chamber music has always played a prominent role in her creative work, and she frequently appears with the Artemis, Borodins and Emerson Quartets.
Numerous recordings bear testimony to her outstanding artistic achievements and she has been awarded many honours and prizes during her career, including the Cross of Honor for her services to the cultural life of Austria. A first volume of the complete-recording of the Schubert Sonatas was released in 2016 by the Berlin-based Label eaSonus; the second will follow at the begining of 2018.
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Thurs 29 June, 7.30pm, Crail Church | approx. 2 hrs with interval | £25 / £18 / £5
Elisabeth Leonskaja piano
SCHUBERT Sonata in E, D459
SCHUBERT Wanderer Fantasy, D760
SCHUBERT Sonata in Am, D845
Sat 1 July, 8pm, Crail Church | approx. 1 hr 45 mins with interval | £25 / £18 / £5
Elisabeth Leonskaja piano | Belcea Quartet & Alois Posch bass
SCHUBERT Quartettsatz, D703
SCHUBERT Sonata in Am, D537 ** Change of programme **
SCHUBERT Quintet in A, D667 ‘Trout Quintet’
The Schubertiad is supported by Dunard Fund
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“Elisabeth Leonskaja’s journey leads from one pinnacle to another. By constantly excelling herself, driven by her own personal demands, by her passion and her intelligence she has scaled the heights achieved only by the greatest, not just of today, but of an entire epoch: those of a Clara Haskil, a Lipatti, and of modernity to boot.”
Diapason by André Boucourechliev, Paris
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