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For decades now, Elisabeth Leonskaja has been among the most celebrated pianists of our time.
In a world dominated by the media, Elisabeth Leonskaja has remained true to herself and to her music, and in doing so, is following in the footsteps of the great Russian musicians of the Soviet era, such as David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels, who never wavered in their focus on the quintessence of music despite working in a very difficult political environment.
Her almost legendary modesty still makes her somewhat media-shy today. Yet as soon as she walks out on the stage, audiences can sense the force behind the fact that music is and always has been her life’s work.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, to a Russian family, she was regarded as a child prodigy and gave her first concerts as early as age 11. Her exceptional talent soon brought her to study at the Moscow Conservatory.
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.
Conductor: Zhang Jiemin
Violin: Michelle Kim
Piano: Elisabeth Leonskaja
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47
(Violin: Michelle Kim)
- Intermission -
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15
(Piano: Elisabeth Leonskaja)