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Valentina Lisitsa is not only the first “YouTube star” of classical music; more importantly, she is the first classical artist to have converted her internet success into a global concert career in the principal venues of Europe, the USA, South America and Asia and one of the most recognized 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.


OCTOBER 15, 2016 | 8PM

Visual & Performing Arts Center
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014


Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, Appassionata
Ravel: “Gaspard de la nuit” (Trois poèmes pour piano d'après Aloysius Bertrand)
Rachmaninoff: Sonata no. 1 in D minor,op. 28
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

*Program subject to change


A pianist of dazzling musicality and unafraid to take risks, Lisitsa swiftly turned her internet success into a hugely successful concert career, making her debut in the main auditorium of the Berlin Philharmonie in February 2013, opening the 92nd St. Y series with a program chosen by the public, and playing throughout Europe, the USA and Japan, in Brisbane, Seoul, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and at the BBC Proms. Her current diary takes her on further tours of the USA and Europe and to Canada, playing recitals, Rachmaninov, Beethoven and Mozart piano concertos, and chamber music, with an emphasis on Brahms.

The Ukraine-born artist began her musical education in her native city of Kiev at the Lysenko Music School for highly talented children and continued it at the Conservatoire in the city. Not confining herself to the musical world, she also dreamed of a career as a professional chess player. With her multi-faceted playing described as “dazzling,” 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.

The major label DECCA gave Lisitsa an exclusive artist contract, releasing the live recording of the RAH concert only one month later on CD and DVD. Valentina Lisitsa plays Philip Glass was published in March 2015. Her latest album, Love Story - Piano Themes from Cinema’s Golden Age was released by DECCA in June 2016.

Part of Captivate Artists’ Experience Series.