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列夫席茲 1976 年 12 月 10 日出生於烏克蘭的哈爾科夫(Kharkov)。當他還很小的時候,就深深著迷於鋼琴這項樂器,經常不靠樂譜,即興彈奏旋律,一碰就是好幾個小時不停。家人發現他對鋼琴的著學習能力可謂天賦異稟,於是在他五歲時,將他送到著名的莫斯科格涅辛音樂中學的特殊班(Moscow Gnessin Special Middle School of Music),向柴琳克曼(Tatiana Zelikman)學習鋼琴。之後列夫席茲在俄羅斯、英國與義大利的習琴歲月裡,他曾經向顧德曼(Theodor Gutmann)、特洛普(Vladimir Tropp)、布蘭德爾(Alfred Brendel)、傅聰(Fou T'song)、富萊雪(Leon Fleisher)、杜蕾克(Rosalyn Tureck)等鋼琴家學習。

在九零年代初期,俄羅斯文化基金會贊助列夫席茲一筆獎學金,讓他巡迴巴黎、阿姆斯特丹、維也納、慕尼黑、米蘭與其他歐洲重要城市演出。這個支助年輕新銳的計劃,讓列夫席茲受到史畢瓦可夫(Vladimir Spivakov)的注意,史畢瓦可夫立即為列夫席茲安排與莫斯科合奏團一起演出協奏曲的機會,先是莫札特的《鋼琴協奏曲 K. 453》,然後巡迴東京、大阪、廣島、札幌演出巴赫《d 小調協奏曲》;在這之後,史畢瓦可夫更邀請他在蒙地卡羅與安提布(Antibes),與蒙地卡羅愛樂管弦樂團合作蕭邦《第一號鋼琴協奏曲》。

列夫席茲在 13 歲時,於莫斯科聯盟之家的十月廳(October Hall of the House of Unions)舉行了一場獨奏會,這場獨奏會獲得了壓倒性的好評,如里程碑似地界定了他往後作為職業鋼琴家的人生方向。1994 年,列夫席茲從格涅辛學校畢業,他在畢業音樂會上彈奏了巴赫的《郭德堡變奏曲》,日本 Denon 哥倫比亞唱片公司聽到這位當時 17 歲小夥子彈奏出情感詮釋相當纖細的巴赫,大為驚艷,立即將這份演奏灌錄成唱片。這份錄音在 1996 年發行,立即入圍當年的葛萊美獎,《紐約時報》的樂評羅斯史坦(Edward Rothstein)更是大為讚揚列夫席茲的演奏:「這是繼顧爾德之後,最具影響力的《郭德堡變奏曲》鋼琴詮釋。」就在一年之前,列夫席茲才剛獲得德國「回聲」古典錄音大獎的肯定,以首次錄音專輯(巴赫的《法國組曲》、舒曼的《蝴蝶》、梅特涅與史克里亞賓作品集)獲得「最佳年度青年音樂家」的殊榮。

列夫席茲至今已經幾乎在全世界重要的音樂重鎮演出過獨奏會與協奏曲,包括柏林、法蘭克福、柯隆、杜森朵夫、漢堡、慕尼黑、萊比錫、德勒斯登、倫敦、紐約、洛杉磯、舊金山、芝加哥、米蘭、蒙特利爾、馬德里、里斯本、羅馬、阿姆斯特丹、盧森堡、莫斯科、聖彼得堡、哥本哈根、開普敦、基希訥烏、聖保羅、上海、利馬索爾、香港、新加坡、特拉維夫、東京、珀斯、奧克蘭、首爾、巴黎、維也納、日內瓦、蘇黎士、台北等地。

列夫席茲也與許多管弦樂團合作演出,包括紐約愛樂管弦樂團、芝加哥交響樂團、新日本愛樂(羅斯托波維奇指揮)、聖馬丁學院合奏團(馬利納指揮)、莫斯科愛樂(西蒙諾夫指揮)、東京交響樂團、札幌交響樂團、上海愛樂、安奈斯可愛樂、捷克國立室內管弦樂團、伯恩茅斯交響樂團、俄羅斯國立管弦樂團(席可維斯基指揮)、莫斯科交響樂團、聖保羅交響樂團、RAI 管弦樂團(泰特指揮)、新阿姆斯特丹小交響樂團、佛羅里達愛樂(朱德指揮)、紐西蘭交響樂團、丹麥廣播管弦樂團(霍格伍德指揮)、MDR 交響樂團(路易西指揮)、波昂貝多芬節慶管弦樂團、柏林交響樂團(殷巴爾指揮)、薩爾茲堡莫札特廳管弦樂團(費雪-迪斯考指揮)、明尼蘇達交響樂團、歐盟青年管弦樂團(海汀克指揮)、維也納室內愛樂、舊金山交響樂團(諾靈頓指揮)、琉森節慶管弦樂團、柏林廣播管弦樂團(尤諾斯基指揮)、薩爾布魯根廣播管弦樂團、伯恩交響樂團、聖彼得堡愛樂管弦樂團(泰米卡諾夫指揮)等等。

列夫席茲的室內樂演出行程也相當頻繁,與他合作過的音樂家包括克萊曼(Gidon Kremer)、席可維斯基(Dmitry Sitkovetsky)、凡格洛夫(Maxim Vengerov)、柯帕琴絲卡雅(Patricia Kopatchinskaja)、喬瑟芙維契(Leila Josefowicz)、麥斯基(Misha Maisky)、羅斯托波維奇(Mstislav Rostropovich)、哈瑞爾(Lynn Harrell)、韋德曼(Carolin Widmann)、烏果斯基(Eugene Ugorski)、鏗本大進(Daishin Kashimoto)、達維多維奇(Bella Davidovich)、阿方納西夫(Valery Afanassiev)、塔里希四重奏(Talich Quartet)、齊瑪諾夫斯基四重奏(Szymanowski Quartet)、顧德曼(Natalia Gutman)、嘉碧妲(Sol Gabetta)等人。

錄音部分,列夫席茲在 Orfeo 唱片公司灌錄了巴赫的《音樂的奉獻》、《聖安娜前奏曲與賦格 BWV 552》以及佛烈斯可巴第的《三首觸技曲》錄音(2007 年發行)、艾能的《鋼琴協奏曲》(2009 年發行)、布拉姆斯的《第二號鋼琴協奏曲》(費雪迪斯考指揮,2010 年發行)、巴赫的《賦格的藝術》(2010 年發行),之後他將與斯圖加特室內管弦樂團合作巴赫的《七首鍵盤樂器協奏曲》(指揮兼鋼琴)。2008 年 VAI 公司發行了他在邁阿密國際鋼琴音樂節現場演出的巴赫《平均律全集》。而過去他在 Denon 所發行的超過 20 張唱片,皆獲得國際古典樂壇相當的好評。

2002 年,列夫席茲受聘為倫敦皇家音樂學院的研究員,2008 年起他更在琉森高等音樂學院擁有教職,也在世界各地舉行大師班教導後進。

Konstantin Lifschitz was born December 10, 1976, in Kharkov. As a 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 also included Theodor Gutmann, Vladimir Tropp, Hamish Milne, Alfred Brendel, Fou T'song, Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel and Charles Rosen.

In the early 1990s the Russian Culture Foundation awarded him a scholarship. Soon afterwards he performed in Paris, Amsterdam, the Hague, Vienna, Munich, Milan and other prominent cities in Europe. The “New Names" programme brought Konstantin Lifschitz to the attention of renowned Vladimir Spivakov, who immediately arranged for Konstantin to perform Mozart Concerto K. 453 as his soloist with the Moscow Virtuosi in Moscow and on tour in Japan doing Bach Concerto in d minor in Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Sapporo. Following this journey, he was invited by Spivakov to Monte Carlo and Antibes for the performances of Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.

At 13, Konstantin presented a landmark recital in the October Hall of the House of Unions in Moscow. The capacity crowd responded with an overwhelming enthusiasm that even back then established him as a major artist. In 1994 Konstantin Lifschitz 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 Lifschitz’s performance “the most powerful pianistic interpretation since Glenn Gould's.” A year before he won the German Echo Classic Record Prize, as a “New Young Artist of the Year" for his Debut Recording Album (Bach French Overture, Schumann Papillons, works of Medtner and Scriabin).

Konstantin gives recitals and concerto performances in almost all the important Musical metropoles of the world – Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Leipzig, Dresden, London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Milan, Montreal, Madrid, Lisbon, Rome, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Cape Town, Chisinau, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Limassol, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tel-Aviv, Tokyo, Perth, Auckland, Seoul, Paris, Vienna, Geneva, Zurich, Gent, Stavanger, Kuhmo etc.

He played as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the London Symphony and the New Japan Philharmonic under Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner, the Moscow Philharmonic under Yuri Simonov, Tokyo Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the George Enescu Philharmonic under Emil Simon, the Czech Chamber State Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony under Lu Jia, Russian State Orchestra under Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Moscow Symphony, San Paulo Symphony under Michel Tabachnik, Orchestra della RAI under Jeffrey Tate, the New Amsterdam Sinfonietta under Peter Oundjian, I Solisti Veneti under Claudio Scimone, the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra Lisbon, the Florida Philharmonic under James Judd, The New Zealand Symphony under Matthias Bamert, the New Jersey Symphony under Maximiano Valdes, the Danish National Radio Orchestra under Christopher Hogwood, the MDR Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi and Mark Gorenstein, the Beethoven Festival Orchestra Bonn under Peter Gülke, the German State Philharmonic under Georg Mark, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as well as the Berlin Symphony under Eliahu Inbal, the Minnesota Symphony under Eri Klaas, the EUYO under Bernard Haitink, the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony under Sir Roger Norrington, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Vladimir Verbitsky, the Berlin Radio Orchestra under Marek Janowski and Mikhail Jurowsky, Belgrade Philharmonic under Leonid Grin and Dmitry Liss, the Saarbruecken Radio Orchestra and the Bern Symphony under Andrey Boreyko and the St.Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov to name some.

Konstantin Lifschitz is also a dedicated chamber Musician, performing with major artists including Gidon Kremer, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Maxim Vengerov, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Leila Josefowicz, Misha Maisky, Mstislav Rostropovich, Lynn Harrell, Carolin Widmann, Eugene Ugorski, Daishin Kashimoto, Bella Davidovich, Valery Afanassiev, Talich Quartet, Szymanowski Quartet, Reto Bieri, Natalia Gutman, Diemut Poppen, Joerg Widmann Hans-Heinz Schneeberger, Jiri Barta, Lara St. Johns, Sol Gabetta and others.

He has one of vastest repertoire of solo, orchestral and chamber works of the living pianists. He has also given concerts as a harpsichord-player. Several composers wrote works expressly for him. Lifschitz was also awarded prizes for his Musical and beneficial activities. He particularly enjoys working with singers.

In the recent time Konstantin Lifschitz is starting to be more and more requested as a conductor. He conducts, amongst others, orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi, Lux Aeterna + the Gabrieli Choir (Budapest), Musica Viva (Moscow), St. Kristupas (Vilnius), Arpeggione (Austria) or I Solisti di Napoli.

Konstantin Lifschitz made several recordings for the label Orfeo which contain Bach Musical Offering along with St. Anne Prelude and Fugue, BWV 552 and Frescobaldi Three Toccatas (released 2007), Gottfried von Einem Piano Concerto with the Austrian Radio and Television Orchestra Vienna under Claudius Meister (2009), Brahms Concerto Nr 2 with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra under Maestro D. Fischer-Dieskau (2010), Bach Art of the Fugue-the work of Music Lifschitz himself considers being closest to in the past few years (to be released in October 2010). His November Orfeo project is to record all 7 Bach Concertos for one keyboard and orchestra with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducting that group from piano. In 2008 VAI company released his live-performance of the Bach WTC I&II from the Miami International Piano Festival. Most of his recordings (over 20) have received a very high appreciation from the international press.

In 2002/2003 K. Lifschitz was appointed an Associate/a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music London. Since 2008 he has his own class at the Hochschule Musik in Lucerne. He gives master-classes around the world and takes part in different educational programmes.

Highlights of Konstantin's 2010/2011 season include tours in Korea, Australia, Japan, Germany, Spain and Russia as well as Lucerne, Bucharest, Yerevan, Copenhagen (Tivoli), Vienna (Grand Hall of the Musikverein) and London (Wigmore Hall) single appearances. In August 2011 he returns to the Rheingau Festival for the continuation of his All Bach Works Series.


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