Valentina Lisitsa—Sold Out Classical Series
About this Performance
Valentina Lisitsa is not only the first “YouTube star” of classical music; more importantly, she is the first classical artist to have converted her Internet success into a global concert career in the principal venues of Europe, the USA, South America, and Asia.
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Valentina Lisitsa posted her first video on the internet platform YouTube in 2007, a recording of the Etude op. 39/6 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. In a broadcast interview, she said: "My first YouTube clip was a lo-fi VHS recording on an awful school piano, and my hands were out of sync with the sound. But even so, my message came across to people. Straight away they started telling me that my interpretations meant something to them, that they changed things, that they stood out." The Click-through rate went up and up, and more videos followed. The foundation of a social-network career unparalleled in the history of classical music was laid. Her YouTube channel now records over 62 million clicks and has almost 108,000 subscribers.
In May 2010, Valentina Lisitsa played the Dutch premiere of the newly arranged Piano Concerto No. 5 (based on the Second Symphony) by Sergei Rachmaninoff with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. In August 2011, she debuted with the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira under the baton of Lorin Maazel, having previously played with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony. Her appearances introduced her to such conductors as Manfred Honeck, Yannick Nézét-Séguin, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
A spectacular recital in London's Royal Albert Hall before an audience of 8000 in June 2012 set the seal on her international breakthrough. Listeners had the chance to vote online in advance for their preferred programme—a form of audience participation that has become one of Valentina Lisitsa's trademarks.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata Op. 31 No. 2 “Tempest”
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Selected Intermezzi, Op. 116-119
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28
Prix-fixe, Pre-Show Dining in 1906
Make a reservation for a prix-fixe, pre-performance dinner, in our fine dining restaurant, 1906. Three gourmet courses, $44. Reservations can be made via opentable.com or by calling 610.388.1000.
Enjoy a complimentary coffee reception with the artist after this performance.