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Konstantin Lifschitz

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Konstantin Lifschitz was born in the Soviet Union (Kharkov) in 1976. At age five he was enrolled in the Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow as a student of Tatiana Zelikman. After graduating he continued his studies in Russia, England and Italy where his teachers included Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Theodor Gutmann, Hamish Milne, Charles Rosen, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, Vladimir Tropp, Fou T’song and Rosalyn Tureck. At the age of thirteen he presented a landmark recital in the October Hall of the House of Unions in Moscow. In the early 1990s, the Russian Cultural Foundation awarded him a scholarship which afforded him opportunities to perform in Paris, Amsterdam, the Hague, Vienna, Munich, Milan and other prominent European capitals. Vladimir Spivakov invited him with the Moscow Virtuosi to perform Mozart Concerto K. 453 and for a tour of Japan performing Bach Concerto BWV 1052 and again to perform Chopin First Concerto with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. In 1994 he gave his graduation recital from the Gnessin School: his program began with Bach’s Goldberg Variations which were recorded by Denon Nippon Columbia. The recording, released in 1996, was nominated for a Grammy Award and moved critic Edward Rothstein of «The New York Times» to acclaim Lifschitz’s performance «the most powerful pianistic interpretation since Glenn Gould’s». Just one year before he had won the German Echo Klassik Award for “European Young Artist of the Year” for his debut recording album.

Among the orchestras and conductors with whom he has performed are the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the London Symphony and the New Japan Philharmonic under Mstislav Rostropovich, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields under Sir Neville Marriner, the Moscow Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony, Russian State Orchestra under Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Moscow Symphony, Orchestra della RAI under Jeffrey Tate, I Solisti Veneti under Claudio Scimone, the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, The New Zealand Symphony, the Danish National Radio Orchestra under Christopher Hogwood, the MDR Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, the Beethoven Festival Orchestra Bonn, the German State Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as well as the Berlin Symphony under Eliahu Inbal, the EUYO under Bernard Haitink, the San Francisco Symphony under Sir Roger Norrington, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Orchestra under Marek Janowski and Mikhail Jurowsky, the Saarbruecken Radio Orchestra and the Bern Symphony under Andrey Boreyko and the St.Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov.

Lifschitz is also a dedicated chamber musician, having performed with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Maxim Vengerov, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Leila Josefowicz, Misha Maisky, Mstislav Rostropovich, Lynn Harrell, Carolin Widmann, Eugene Ugorski, Daishin Kashimoto, Bella Davidovich, Valery Afanassiev, the Talich Quartet, the Szymanowski Quartet, Natalia Gutman, Diemut Poppen, Joerg Widmann, Sol Gabetta. He is now more and more requested to take the role of conductor. He has conducted orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi, the Lux Aeterna Orchestra and Gabrieli Choir (Budapest), Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra (Moscow), St. Christopher’s Chamber Orchestra (Vilnius), the Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra (Vienna) and I Solisti di Napoli.

He has more than 30 albums to his credit, many of which have received very high commendations from the international press. Lifschitz has made several recordings for the Orfeo label including Bach’s Musical Offering, the St. Anne Prelude and Fugue and Three Frescobaldi Toccatas (2007), Gottfried von Einem Piano Concerto with the Austrian Radio and Television Orchestra (2009), Brahms Second Concerto and Mozart Concerto K. 456 under Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (2010), Bach The Art of Fugue (2010) and the complete Bach Concertos for keyboard and orchestra with the Stuttgart Kammerorchester (2011). In 2008 Video Artists International (VAI) released his live performance of the complete Bach Well Tempered Clavier, Books I & II, from the Miami International Piano Festival. His recording of Ludwig van Beethoven complete violin Sonatas with Daishin Kashimoto, the concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, was released by Warner Classics in 2014. 2015 has been the release year of Konstantin Lifschitz’s new recording of the Goldberg Variations, performed most recently at the Rheingau Music Festival as part of his cycle featuring all the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

In 2002 and 2003 he was named both as an Associate and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2008 he was appointed professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Lucerne and he gives master classes around the world.

Bach: Preludes and Fugues C Major

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Schubert: Impromptu op 90 n.1 C minor

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