Lilya Zilberstein
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  • 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
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“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.”


Chicago Symphony



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 Columbus Symphony, Dortmund Symphony, Düsseldorf Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais/Brazil, Orquestra Filarmónica de la UNAM/Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria/Mexico, Qatar Philharmonic, Saarbrucken Staatstheater Orchestra and the Stuttgart Philharmonic. She will also appear at the Campos do Jordao, Mondsee, and Ireland Chamber Music festivals.


In North America, Ms. Zilberstein has appeared with the symphonies of Chicago (at Ravinia), Colorado, Dallas, Flint, Harrisburg,  Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kalamazoo, Milwaukee, Montreal, Omaha, Quebec, Oregon, and Saint Louis, as well as the Florida Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony, to name a few. Her worldwide engagements have included the Belgrade Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, 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, Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais/Brazil, RAI Symphony (Torino), Royal Philharmonic, La Scala Orchestra, Taipei Symphony and the Vienna Symphony.  Festival engagements include Lugano, Peninsula, Chautauqua and Mostly Mozart, both in New York and Japan.  Recital engagements include venues in Alicante, Beijing, Lucca, Lyon, and Padova.  Among her 2013/14 season recitals, she will perform in Taipei, Florence, and Paris.


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 this season’s collaboration 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 doing 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.


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. 

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