Georg Friedrich Händel / Lisa Smirnova | DIE ACHT GROSSEN SUITEN | ECM New Series 2213/14



Born in Moscow and for years now a citizen of Vienna, Russian-Austrian pianist Lisa Smirnova studied with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Salzburg, as well as with Anna Kantor and Lev Naumov in Moscow and Maria Curcio and Robert Levin in London.

Her favourite repertoire includes the piano concertos of Mozart and work of Schubert, Haydn, Bach and Händel, and from the beginning of her career she has also been deeply committed to contemporary music, collaboration with composers including Rodion Shchedrin, Valentin Silvestrov, Giya Kancheli and Minas Borboudakis leading to the development of new projects.

To create a framework for such wide-ranging repertoire in 2007 Lisa Smirnova and colleagues founded the New Classic Ensemble Vienna. Together they have approached keyboard concertos of Bach, Haydn, Mozart und Beethoven and combined these in concert with chamber music of diverse epochs and with newly commissioned works.

As soloist and concert pianist she has performed throughout Europe, Asia and America. She plays with John Storgårds, Ivor Bolton, Manfred Honeck, Andrey Boreyko, Carlos Kalmar and others and has been a guest at leading festivals including Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Salzburger Festspiele und Luzern Festival. She gave her US debut at age 20 in Carnegie Hall, and also has a dedicated listenership in the Far East. From 2007-2010 Lisa Smirnova was artistic director of the Nagasaki-Ojika International Music Festival in Japan. In 1993, she received the Brahms Prize at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the first pianist to be honored with this award.