For decades, Elisabeth Leonskaja has been among the most celebrated pianists of our time. While still a student at the Moscow Conservatory, she won prizes in the prestigious Marguerite Long and Queen Elizabeth international piano competitions. Elisabeth Leonskaja’s musical development was shaped or influenced to a decisive degree by her collaboration with Svjatoslav Richter. The master recognised her exceptional talent and fostered her development not only through teaching and giving her advice, but also by inviting her to play numerous duets with him. The musical partnership and personal friendship between Svjatoslav Richter and Elisabeth Leonskaja endured until Richter’s death.
Elisabeth Leonskaja has appeared as a soloist with virtually all the leading orchestras in the world, and is a frequent and welcomed guest at prestigious summer music festivals, such as the Wiener Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Schubertiade in Hohenems and Schwarzenberg, and she also gives recitals in the Piano Series in the world’s major musical centres, such as Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Vienna, Bukarest and Tokyo.
Her recording, PARIS, with works by Ravel, Debussy and Enescu, released by the Berlin-based Label eaSonus was elected Solo Recording of the Year 2014 by the International Classical Music Awards Jury. A first volume of the complete recording of the Schubert Sonatas was released in February of 2016. In November 2017, a very personal disc, Saudade, was released (EAS 29330 – eaSonus).
In her adopted home Austria, Elisabeth Leonskaja’s outstanding achievements have also gained her great recognition. She has been made an Honorary Member of the Konzerthaus of Vienna. In 2006, she was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for her services to the cultural life of the country – the highest award of its kind in Austria. In Tbilissi, Georgia she received the award The Priestess of Art in 2015.
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Thurs 27 June, 8pm, The Bowhouse | £25 / £18 / £5 | Approx. 120 mins with interval
Elisabeth Leonskaja piano
MOZART Sonata in D, KV284 | CHOPIN 2 Polonaises, Op 26; Nocturne, Op 55 No 2; Nocturne, Op 48 No 1; Impromptu Phantasie, Op 66 | JÖRG WIDMANN Elf Humoresken | SCHUMANN Symphonische Etüden
DVOŘÁK String Quintet in E-flat ‘American’, Op 97 | BRAHMS Piano Quintet in Fm, Op 34
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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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