Elisabeth Leonskaja



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Elisabeth Leonskaja has long been among the most celebrated pianists of our times. In a worlddominated bycommercial media, she has remained true to herself and to music, in the tradition of great Russian musicianssuch as David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels. Like them, she has always stood for the quintessenceof music even under the most difficult political conditions. And like them, she has never been interested inshowy appearances. On stage, however, she overwhelms the audience with the power of the music; this hasbeen the substance and the goal of her life.Born into a Russian family in Tbilisi, Elisabeth Leonskaja gave her first concerts at the age of eleven. While stilla student at the Moscow Conservatory, she won prizes at major international piano competitions, including theEnescu Prize, the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Prize.Her musical development was decisively influenced by her collaboration with Sviatoslav Richter who recognizedher exceptional talent and encouraged her by inviting her to play duo concerts with him.This musical andpersonal friendship continued until Richter’s death in 1997.Leonskaja left the Soviet Union in 1978 and made Vienna her home. Since then, she has performed as soloistwith the world’s finest orchestras and has worked with many renowned conductors. She is a regular guest atnumerous international festivals, such as the Wiener Festwochen, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, theSchuertiade Schwarzenberg, the Spring Festival Tokyo and the December Nights in Moscow. Her name is alsoto befound among international recitalists in the most prominent piano series of major musical centers oft heworld from Paris to Vienna to Melbourne.In addition to her many solo engagements, chamber music remains an important part of her work. She hasperformed many times with string quartets, such as the Belcea, Borodin Artemis and Jerusalem quartets. Shealso had a longstanding musical friendship with the Alban Berg Quartet, and their piano quintet recordings arelegendary.Numerous LPs and CDs bear witness to the pianist’s high artistic level, and her recordings have repeatedly beenawarded prizes.Her recording“Paris”, released byeaSonus,with works by Ravel, Enescu and Debussy, wasnamed the Solo Recording of the Year 2014 by the ICMA Jury. “Saudade”,an homage to Russian culture withworks by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, was released in November 2017. A complete recordingof Franz Schubert’s piano sonatas in two volumes of four CDs each has been available since April 2016 and May2019 respectively. A double-CD with variations and sonatas by Robert Schumann followed in January 2020.Since 2021 a new recording relationship has begun with WARNER. A Mozart Sonatas Cycle and the BeethovenConcertos nr 3 and 4 have been released already. The Schumann and Grieg piano concertos and a recording ofthe works for piano solo of the 2nd Viennese school will follow.In her second homeland, Austria, Elisabeth Leonskaja is an honorary member of the Vienna Konzerthaus. In2006 she was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class, for her outstanding serviceto the culture of the country. It is the highest award in Austria. In Georgia, she was named Priestess of Art in2016, this country’s highest artistic honor. In 2020 she received the International Classical Music (ICMA) LifetimeAchievement Award.