On February 18, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes on the stage of Bulgaria Hall one of the grandmasters of the piano – Elizabeth Leonskaya. Under the baton of conductor Robert Farkas, the legendary pianist will present Bella Bartok’s Third Piano Concerto. The second part of the evening will feature Mozart’s 39th Symphony.
Leonskaya is called “Plenipotentiary Ambassador” of Svyatoslav Richter. Not only his restrained passion lives on the stage with her, but also the spirit of the Richter era: “Every time he looks for his Beethoven and his Schubert and every generation hears music a little differently due to the fact that our mentality or inner life is changing.” she says. And more: “We never know: who hears the music better – those who come to the concert in jeans or those who come with a diamond brooch? “
It is impossible to disagree with Elizabeth Leonskaya: yes, every generation seeks and finds its Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Mendelssohn. But fortunately there are people like her who connect several generations and eras.
World pianist Elizabeth Leonskaya (Photo: Sofia Philharmonic)
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Elizabeth (Elizabeth) Leonskaya is one of the most revered pianists of our time. She was born in Tbilisi to a Russian family. A very gifted child, she gave her first concerts at the age of 11. Soon, thanks to her exceptional talent, the pianist entered the Moscow Conservatory and during her student years received awards at the prestigious international competitions “J. Enescu ”(Bucharest), M. Long-J. Thibaut ”(Paris) and“ Queen Elizabeth ”(Brussels).
Elizabeth Leonskaya’s talent was greatly influenced by her creative collaboration with Svyatoslav Richter, with whom she had a close friendship until his death in 1997. He saw her exceptional qualities and contributed to their development not only as a teacher and mentor, but also as stage partner. In 1978, Leonskaya left the Soviet Union and Vienna became her new home. Her sensational performance at the Salzburg Festival in 1979 marked the beginning of her brilliant career in the West. She has played with all major orchestras. He has worked with Kurt Mazur, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Maris Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov and many others.
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She is an honored and welcome guest at prestigious music festivals in Salzburg, Vienna, Lucerne, Edinburgh. Among the many awards he has won is the Opus Classic for 2020, as well as the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) award for overall contribution (2020), considered to be the only independents in this field whose nominations come from music journalists from around the world.
Honorary member of the Concerthouse and winner of the Austrian Honorary Cross “For Science and Art” first degree – the most prestigious award in this field (2006).
Tickets at prices from 25 to 50 levs are available at the box office of Bulgaria Hall and in Eventim.