Valentina Lisitsa

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Lisitsa performs with violinist Hilary Hahn at the Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center, Springfield, Ohio, on March 3, 2009

Valentina Lisitsa ([Валентина Лисиця, translit. Valentyna Lysytsya,] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help) Russian: Валентина Лисица) is a Ukrainian-born classical pianist. Lisitsa currently lives in North Carolina.[1][2] Her husband Alexei Kuznetsoff is also a pianist, and her partner in duo-pianism.


Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Lisitsa started playing piano at the age of three, performing her first solo recital at the age of four.[3] Despite her early disposition to music, her dream at that point was to become a professional chess player.[4] Lisitsa attended the Lysenko music school for Gifted Children and, later, Kiev Conservatory[5], where she and her future husband, Alexei Kuznetsoff, studied under Dr. Ludmilla Tsvierko.[6] It was when Lisitsa met Kuznetsoff that she began to take music more seriously.[7] In 1991 they won the first prize in The Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition.[5][8] In the same year, they moved to the United States to further their careers as concert pianists. Their New York debut was at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in 1995.[6]

Lisitsa has performed in various venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Musikverein. Recently, she has been the pianist in recital engagements accompanying for violinist Hilary Hahn.[5] Many of these performances (including Frédéric Chopin's 24 etudes and Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata) have been made available on her YouTube channel, often in high quality.

To date, Lisitsa has recorded 6 CDs (two solo CDs) for Audiofon Records (two of which are in duet with Alexei Kuznetsoff), a Gold CD for CiscoMusic label (With cellist DeRosa), a duet recital with violinist Ida Haendel on VAI label, DVDs of Frédéric Chopin's 24 Etudes, Schubert-Liszt Schwanengesang, and her most recent DVD titled Black and Pink.


  1. ^ "Valentina Lisitsa and Alexei Kuznetsoff". Southern Arts Federation. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  2. ^ "The North Carolina Symphony Ends the Summerfest Season with Spectacular Russian Masterpieces". North Carolina Symphony. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  3. ^ "Calendar of Events and Exhibitions". National Museum of Women in the Arts. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  4. ^ "Valentina Lisitsa".
  5. ^ a b c "Valentina Lisitsa, piano". Fresno Philharmonic. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  6. ^ a b "N.C. Arts Council - Organizations Page". North Carolina Arts Council. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
  7. ^ "Valentina Lisitsa performs with the Oregon Symphony". Oregon Symphony. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  8. ^ "The Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation - 1991 Winner Biographies". The Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation. Retrieved 2009-07-16.

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