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Konstantin Lifschitz

BACH Goldberg Variations

Konzerthaus Berlin, Kleiner Saal | Saturday, 9th May, 7pm
Konstantin Lifschitz

Konstantin Lifschitz' heart belongs to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. At the age of 17, he wowed the critics worldwide with his first recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, for which he was nominated for a Grammy: "the greatest interpretation since Glenn Gould." Lifschitz' always new, sometimes perhaps somewhat unusual view of well-known musical material has regularly thrilled his audiences ever since.

His current new recording is of precisely these variations, which he will play live at the Berliner Klavierfestival for the first time since the recording - something eagerly awaited by the critics. Lifschitz will accompany the Goldberg Variations with one of Couperin's 27 Ordres - a collection of over 240 richly decorated harpsichord works, which were grouped into "suites" by the composer himself. Lifschitz is very excited about these central works of the French Baroque, which, though they were originally written for the harpsichord, open up a new sound world on the modern piano.
Konstantin Lifschitz

2015 is the release year of Konstantin Lifschitz's new recording of the Goldberg Variations, performed most recently at the Rheingau Music Festival as part of his cycle featuring all the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Lifschitz's Grammy-nominated previous version of those Variations, recorded at the age of seventeen, affirmed his position in the ranks of the leading pianists of today.

Konstantin Lifschitz was born in 1976 in Kharkov. Already at the age of 5 he began his studies at the Gnessin Special Music School in Moscow, where Tatiana Zelikman was his teacher. He furthered his studies in Russia, England and Italy under such musicians as Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher or Charles Rosen.

Since his debut in Moscow, Lifschitz has performed with famous orchestras e.g. the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the London Symphony under conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Neville Marriner, Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Mikhail Yurovsky, Marek Janowski, Andrey Boreyko, Vladimir Spivakov, Yury Temirkanov, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alexander Rudin. He also performs solo recitals at major festivals and in the most important concert halls worldwide.
Konstantin Lifschitz
Konstantin Lifschitz