Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30, III
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, II
Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Promenade
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Samuel Goldberg and Schmuyle
“Its youthful zest [Prokofiev Concerto No. 3] was displayed to the hilt by Zilberstein… More impressive was the graceful, almost effortless navigation of the music’s maddening alternation of the fast and furious with the soulfully lyrical.”
Since winning First Prize in the 1987 Busoni International Piano Competition, Lilya Zilberstein has established herself as one of the finest pianists in the world. Artist-in-Residence of the Stuttgart Philharmonic in 2012/13, she will appear this coming season with the Antwerp Bohumer Symphony, Krakow Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, Orchestra Regionale Toscana/Florence, Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais/Brazil, and the Zagreb Philharmonic.
In North America, Ms. Zilberstein has appeared with the symphonies of Chicago (at Ravinia), Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Flint, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kalamazoo, Milwaukee, Montreal, Omaha, Quebec, Oregon, and Saint Louis, as well as the Florida Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Pacific Symphony, to name a few. Her worldwide engagements have included the Belgrade Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Dortmund Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Düsseldorf Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester/Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, Mediterranean Orchestra/Palermo, Moscow Philharmonic, Miscolz Symphony in Hungary, NHK Symphony (Tokyo), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria/Mexico, Qatar Philharmonic, RAI Symphony (Torino), Royal Philharmonic, La Scala Orchestra, Saarbrucken Staatstheater Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, and the Vienna Symphony. Festival engagements include Campos do Jordao, Ireland Chamber Music, Lugano, Mondsee, Peninsula, Chautauqua, and Mostly Mozart, both in New York and Japan. Recital engagements include venues in Alicante, Beijing, Florence, Lucca, Lyon, Padova, Paris, and Taipei, among others.
Ms. Zilberstein has presented numerous recitals with Martha Argerich. In addition to show-stopping performances in Norway, France, Italy, and Germany, a CD of the Brahms Sonata for Two Pianos played by Ms. Zilberstein and Ms. Argerich was released in 2003. Highlights of recent collaborations with Martha Argerich include performances in Hamburg and Bremen. Ms. Zilberstein has also collaborated on extensive tours in the United States, Canada, and Europe with Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov. Featured on the EMI recording Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival, Mr. Vengerov’s and Ms. Zilberstein’s performance of the Brahms Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano won a Grammy nomination for best classical album, as well as best chamber music performance. A new collaboration is developing between Ms. Zilberstein and her two sons, Daniel and Anton, both of whom have become excellent pianists. Daniel and Anton are concertizing both as a piano duo, and also with their mother playing the Mozart Triple Concerto and other six-hand works for piano.
Ms. Zilberstein has also made numerous recordings for Deutsche Grammophon; these include the Rachmaninoff Concerti Nos. 2 and 3 with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic, the Grieg Concerto with Neeme Järvi and the Göteborg Symphony, as well as solo works of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, Liszt, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, and Chopin. On her latest recording, released in 2014 on the Oehms label, Ms. Zilberstein is featured with the Gürzenich Orchestra/Cologne under Dmitri Kitajenko, playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
A native of Moscow, Lilya Zilberstein is a graduate of the Gnessin Pedagogical Institute. In addition to the Busoni Competition Gold Medal, she was the 1998 Prizewinner of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy (other recipients include Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Esa-Pekka Salonen). She moved to Hamburg in 1990, where she lives with her husband and their two sons. Ms. Zilberstein was Guest Professor of Piano at the Hamburg Musikhochschule from 2009-2013. In October 2015, she will begin a new position as Professor of Music at the University of Music in Vienna.