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This is a ‘must see’ interview with pianist Valentina Lisitsa and my former RCM classmate, Melanie Spanswick.

Melanie Spanswick

I am delighted to introduce my new series of interviews with established classical artists. They will appear on my YouTube channel as well as this blog and are informal conversations with some really fabulous musicians. The series starts with Ukrainian pianist, Valentina Lisitsa, who I interviewed earlier this week in Cardiff.

Valentina was born in Kiev and began playing the piano aged just three. Whilst studying at the Kiev Conservatory she met her husband, pianist Alexei Kuznetsoff,  and the couple performed regularly as a duo winning the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition in 1991.

As a soloist Valentina has performed in all the major concert venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Musikverein and the Wigmore Hall, and she has performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. Recent collaborations include  partnering violinist, Hilary Hahn, most notably in a recording of the 4 Sonatas for violin and piano by Charles Ives…

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