Konstantin Lifschitz was born on December 10, 1976, in Russia. As a very small child, he became irresistibly attracted to the piano, playing by ear and improvising with total absorption for hours on end. This aptitude for his chosen instrument was so remarkable that at age five he enrolled in the renowned Moscow Gnessin Special Middle School of Music, studying with Tatiana Zelikman. In future years of studies in Russia, England and Italy his teachers included Alfred Brendel, Fou T’song, Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck and Charles Rosen.
In the early 1990s the Russian Culture Foundation awarded him a scholarship. Soon afterwards he performed in Paris, Munich, Milan and other prominent music centres in Europe. The “New Names” programme brought Konstantin Lifschitz to the attention of renowned conductor Vladimir Spivakov, who immediately arranged for him to perform as soloist with the Moscow Virtuosi in Moscow and on tour in Japan performing Bach’s Concerto in D minor in Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Sapporo. Following this tour, he performed with Spivakov in Monte Carlo and Antibes in performances of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.
In 1994, Konstantin presented his graduation recital from the Gnessin School – his program commenced with Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Denon Nippon Columbia recorded the 17-year-old in this deeply felt interpretation of his beloved Bach. The recording, when released in 1996, was nominated for a Grammy Award and moved critic Edward Rothstein of The New York Times to acclaim Konstantin’s performance “the most powerful pianistic interpretation since Glenn Gould’s.” In 1995 he won the German Echo Classic Record Prize, as a “New Young Artist” of the year.
Konstantin is also a dedicated chamber musician, performing with major artists including the violinists Gidon Kremer, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Maxim Vengerov, and the cellists Misha Maisky, Mstislav Rostropovitch and Lynn Harrell.
In Autumn 2008 Konstantin played the Schostakowitch Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Theater Philharmonie Essen under Constantinos Carydis. Following these concerts he toured Germany with the Musica Viva Orchestra. Konstantin Lifschitz’s recordings for the label Orfeo contain Bach, Musical Offering, BWV 107, Praeludium and Fugue, BWV 552 and Frescobaldi Three Toccatas in 2007. In 2008 he recorded Gottfried von Einem’s Piano Concerto Op. 20.
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