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Lilya Zilberstein  pianist

"Lilya is a flawless pianist with a completely natural way of playing, simply world class! Luckily she wasn’t competing with me in the 1957 Busoni Competition – that would have been really hard for me.”

Martha Argerich in an interview with La Repubblica on 26 August 2011

Lilya Zilberstein got her first taste of international success in 1987 when she won the Busoni Competition in Bolzano. Her victory was a sensation – it took five years before the first prize was even awarded again. By 1988, the Moscow-born pianist was able to perform at big tours abroad in the West. Travelling for her concerts took her to almost all of the European countries, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Canada and Brazil.

Lilya Zilberstein started playing the piano at five years old. After twelve years of lessons with Ada Traub at the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow, she continued studying at the Gnessin Institute under Alexander Satz until she graduated in 1988. In 1985, she won first prize in the Competition of the Russian Federation, and was also one of the prize-winners at the All Union’s Competition in Riga. Lilya Zilberstein has been living in Germany since 1990. In 1991, Lilya Zilberstein debuted with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, which formed the basis of a long-term cooperation. She performed concerts with many famous international orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, the London Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra della Scala in Milan, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and many others. Alongside Claudio Abbado, she has worked with conductors such as John Axelrod, Paavo Berglund, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alun Fransis, Leopold Hager, Dmitrij Kitajenko, James Levine, Wassili Sinajski, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jean-Pascale Tortellier, Marcello Viotti and Antonin Witt. In August 1998, she was awarded the ”Accademia Musicale Chigiana” prize in Siena. This accolade has been awarded to, among others, Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Krystian Zimerman.

Lilya Zilberstein has recorded eight CDs for Deutsche Grammophon, including recital programmes, the Grieg Piano Concerto (Järvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra) and the Second and Third Piano Concertos by Rachmaninoff (Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). She also contributed to the first complete CD recording of the Frédéric Chopin oeuvre, which was released by Deutsche Grammophon in 1999. Recently, several more CDs have been released, including a recording of the Brahms sonata for two pianos with Martha Argerich released by EMI and Clementi, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff released by Hänssler Classic.

In the past few years, the pianist has given guest performances in the USA, Asia, South America, Italy, the UK, France, Sweden, Spain, Poland and Iceland, and has played extended world tours as the chamber music partner of Maxim Vengerov. She returned to her home city of Moscow for the first time in 16 years and played an acclaimed concert. She is a regular guest at large international music festivals.

Lilya Zilberstein e Martha Argerich

foto Gerzenberg

In 2009, she celebrated her ten-year anniversary on the stage with her long-term duet partner Martha Argerich with concerts in a number of European cities. The prominent duo can also be heard in Germany once again in 2012, at the Ruhr Piano Festival and other locations.

The highlights of the coming 2012/2013 season are a stint at the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra  with  three  concerts, a chamber music evening, a  guest performance  at  the Salzburg Festival in April 2013, three concerts with the ürzenich Orchestra, where Tschaikovsky’s Third Piano Concerto will be played, and a performance with the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra under Andrey Boreyko, where Johannes Brahms’ First Piano Concerto will be played. Guest appearances with the Orchestre de Pays de Loire conducted by John Axelrod are also planned, as are master classes and concerts in Italy, Ireland, Spain, Poland, Turkey, the USA, Japan and Taiwan.

Lilya Zilberstein is professor at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg since autumn 2009.

Piano à volonté à Radio France, pour le centenaire de la révolution russe

Le 10 novembre 2017 par Joseph Thirouin Paris. Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio

Palme d’or pour Zilberstein

Puisque dans l’atmosphère bruissante de la maison ronde, cette foire musicale prend des airs de joute, on ne résiste pas au plaisir de décerner quelques palmes.

Lilya Zilberstein, connue en particulier comme l’une des partenaires favorites de Martha Argerich pour le « deux pianos », mérite sans conteste celle de la distinction et de l’élégance.

Dans un attachant Prélude et Fugue de Taneïev, elle fait preuve d’une dextérité tranquille, presque sobre ; mais c’est surtout le pèlerinage

qu’elle propose, avec les Six Moments Musicaux op. 16 de Rachmaninov, qui marque les esprits.

Chaque détail de cette partition pourtant chargée est exécuté avec soin, ce qui n’exclut ni le naturel, ni un sens puissant de l’architecture : Lilya Zilberstein donne toujours la préséance à la ligne de chant, qu’elle a l’art de dérouler sans jamais l’entrecouper, en lui consentant toute sa dimension vocale.

The Commercial Appeal - Memphis Tenessee

Concert Review: Memphis Symphony conveys influences of Russia

By Jon W. Sparks   January 16, 2012

Saturday night's concert at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts featured Russian-born pianist Lilya Zilberstein playing Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor" -- although she wasn't so much playing it as she was thoroughly commanding it to do her bidding.

It's not an easy thing to do, as the Rach 3 is notoriously challenging. But Zilberstein has been playing it for years and brought plenty of technical mastery, maturity and emotional heft to her performance. The result was a joy to hear, an epic piece played with epic capability.

There's nothing showy about Zilberstein -- she never made it seem to be a difficult piece played well. Instead, the pianist simply immersed herself in the performance, taking the towering piece and, with unshakable confidence, making it thunderous, sweet, cascading, elegant and sublime.

She received an instant standing ovation from Saturday night's audience

Arts » Music Arts Reviews  Vancouver Canada

Pianist Lilya Zilberstein dazzles with rarely-heard Chopin

By Lloyd Dykk, November 21, 2011

A Vancouver Chopin Society presentation. At the Magee Theatre Auditorium on Friday, November 18

At least a decade ago, I received a CD of Edvard Grieg’s lone piano concerto with the Gothenburg Symphony conducted by Neeme Järvi. It stopped me dead in my tracks. I’d never heard of the pianist, Lilya Zilberstein, but then I’d never heard such freshness brought to a performance of as old a warhorse as the Grieg either. I slapped five stars on it, still wondering who this woman was, and put it in a repeat-play spot on the record shelf.                                   


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