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Lilya Zilberstein - Piano

“... dazzling Russian pianist Lilya Zilberstein ... played with extraordinary brilliance, total security and precision…nothing fazed her [Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3].”

Boston Globe

Lilya Zilberstein’s first international success was in 1987 when she won the Busoni-competition in Bozen. Her victory in this competition was a sensation; it was not until five years later that the first prize was even awarded again. From 1988 onwards Lilya Zilberstein, who although now living in Germany was born in Moscow, was able to perform in the west, regularly visiting Italy, USA, Austria, and France. Over and above these appearances she has performed in practically all European countries as well as in Mexico, Japan, Korea and Brazil; a country she appeared in again in 2003 to wide acclaim.

For many years Lilya Zilberstein has been performing duos with Martha Argerich and Maxim Vengerov, appearing in Norway, France, Germany and Italy which they have continued to do ever since in places like Bologna, Brescia, Bergamo, Lugano, in the Parisian Châtelet, London Barbican and New York Carnegie Hall, in Lisbon, Glasgow, Moscow, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg’s Musikhalle, Brasil (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Pãolo), Mexico, Japan, Taiwan and many times in Italy and Germany.

Lilya Zilberstein began playing the piano at the age of five. Following twelve years of lessons with Ada Traub at the Gnessin school of music in Moscow, she went on to study with Alexander Satz at the Gnessin Institute, taking her final exam in 1988. In 1985 she had already won first prize in the competition of the Russian Federation and she was also among the prize-winners at the Allumions-competition in Riga. Lilya Zilberstein has lived in Germany since 1990 and has performed in that country’s finest concert halls, its most important festivals and orchestras.

Lilya Zilberstein made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra under Claudio Abbado in 1991, forming the basis for a continuing artistic cooperation. She has appeared with many of the finest international orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Milan La Scala Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden alongside many others. Besides Claudio Abbado she has worked with conductors such as Paavo Berglund, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedossejev, Dmitri Kitayenko, James Levine and Marcello Viotti.

In August 1998 she was awarded the “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” prize in Siena. Other people to have received this prize include Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Krystian Zimerman.

Lilya Zilberstein has recorded eight CDs for Deutsche Grammophon including recital programmes as well as the Grieg piano concerto (Järvi/Göterborg Symphony Orchestra) and the second and third Rachmaninov piano concertos (Abbado/Berlin Philharmonic). She also participated in the first complete recording of the works of Frederic Chopin for Deutsche Grammophon.

Lilya Zilberstein has since then continued making recordings and these include a recording of the sonata for two pianos by Brahms with Martha Argerich which appeared on the EMI label and works by Muzio Clementi for the Hänssler-Classic label. The EMI CD of Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival with Vengerov and Zilberstein performing the Brahms Sonata no. 3 won a Grammy nomination for best classical album and best chamber music performance.

In recent seasons Lilya Zilberstein has appeared in the USA, Canada, Italy, Spain and Austria whilst continuing to play in all the major German cities. These performances have included an extended tour with the Moscow Philharmonic, playing in the Hamburg Musikhalle, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, appearances with the Radio Symphony Orchestra (Wien) in Vienna’s Musikverein, with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig and in the Konzerthaus in Berlin with the Radio Symphony Orchestra alongside a veritable marathon of music by Rachmaninov in the Prinzregententheater in Munich when, in the space of three evenings, she performed all four piano concertos and the Paganini Variations.

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