Sophia Lisovskaya was born in Moscow into a family of professional musicians and gave her first public performance at the age of six in Moscow’s Museum of Fine Art. Since then she has continued to follow the grand tradition of the old Russian School with a lineage of professors leading directly back to the great figures of Neuhaus, Sofronitzky and Scriabin. Regarding her debut CD released on BIS, the American Record Guide said she was “coming close to the standard set by Sofronitzky and Richter for these pieces” and said they were “outstanding performances.”
At the age of 13 she won first prize in the All Soviet Competition ‘New Names’ performing Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto with the former Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the Tchaikovsky Junior Conservatoire of Music and in 1994 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Following this she won a scholarship from the Philharmonia Orchestra (London) in 1996.
Sophia has toured South America performing in Buenos Aires (Teatro de Colon) and venues in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. She has also performed throughout Europe at venues such as St James’s Palace, St John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall (London), the Vasteras Concert Hall (Sweden), and Sala Verdi (Milan, for the Societa dei Concerti). Her debut in the legendary Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire performing Bruch’s Double Piano Concerto with the Moscow State Chamber Orchestra in their Winter Proms season was received with critical acclaim. She has broadcast live on National Swedish Radio, BBC Radio 3 and Moscow Radio. Engagements have also included a concert to open the London Festival Orchestra’s ‘Virtuoso Pianists’ concerto series (performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto), a tour of Russia giving several performances with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra under maestro Katz for their 50th Year Jubilee Concert, performances with the Queensland Orchestra Australia and performances in Latvia of Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto.
Her engagements in the UK in 2013 included a performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and she will return to China after a successful tour to give further concerts and appear on the major TV channels there.