Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa gained worldwide fame through her popular performances on social media. She is a pioneer of digital innovation in classical music. Long before established institutions turned to digital channels, she achieved a faithful following worldwide and became a YouTube phenomenon—one of the first classical musicians to do so, entirely without the support of a record label. Meanwhile, her YouTube channel counts more than 370,000 subscribers.

Born in Ukraine, she received her first piano instruction already at the age of three. She celebrated her first successes in the beginning of the 1990s, together with Alexei Kuznetsoff, who later became her husband. In 2012, she made her debut at Royal Albert Hall; since then she has played in the world’s largest concert halls. Valentina Lisitsa’s travels can be followed via Facebook or YouTube.

Recording "Bösendorfer Artist Series"

“I’m no entertainer, no showy virtuoso. Expression is more important to me than virtuosity.” Since 2012, she has recorded for Decca Classics and her releases include works by Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Scriabin. She displays her musical open-mindedness with recordings of film compositions by Michael Nyman as well as her recently released album of piano works from cinema’s golden age.

Valentina Lisitsa has been a Bösendorfer Artist since 2011. “The sound of a Bösendorfer makes so many variations possible. Bösendorfer pianos remind me of old photographs: steeped in history and timeless.”