Lisa Smirnova, piano

Lisa Smirnova received her initial training in Moscow from Anna Kantor and Lev Naumov, but what
significantly influenced her artistic development was her period of study in Salzburg with the great
piano teacher Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. Further stimulation came from Maria Curcio and Robert Levin.

Lisa Smirnova made her debut aged just twenty in New York's Carnegie Hall, the Suntory Hall
in Tokyo, London's Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Konzerthaus, Vienna. In
1996 she made her first appearance at the Salzburg Festival with Benjamin Schmid, who became
her most important chamber music partner right from the start of her career. Since then she has
performed as a guest artist on the concert platforms of Europe, Asia and the USA under notable
conductors such as John Storgards, Ivor Bolton, Manfred Honeck, Andrey Boreyko, Carlos Kalmar
and Andres Mustonen.

Lisa Smirnova loves Mozart's piano concertos and the piano works of Schubert, Haydn, Bach
and Handel, but she also attaches great importance to tackling contemporary music. For many
years she has been working with eminent composers including Rodion Shchedrin, Giya Kancheli,
Valentin Silvestrov and Minas Borboudakis, with all of whom she maintains personal relationships.
Her discography includes the prize-winning world premiere recording, in collaboration with Benjamin
Schmid, of Bach's solo sonatas and partitas with the piano accompaniment by Schumann. Also in
the list are the solo album "Man lebt nur einmal" (One only lives once) of waltzes for solo piano, and
the recording with Daniel Raiskin of the complete duos for viola and piano by Ernest Bloch. A high
point in her career to date is her recording of Handel's eight "London Suites" for keyboard, made
in November 2011.

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Dmitri Shostakovich
Preludes from Op. 34
(Arr. Dmitri Tsyganov)
Sergei Prokofiev
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22
(Arr. Viktor Derevianko)
Kurt Weill
Seven Pieces from 'The Threepenny Opera'
(Arr. Stefan Frenkel)

Benjamin Schmid, violin
Lisa Smirnova, piano
ODE 1253-2

Released 02/2015

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