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Lise de la Salle, who was born in 1988, comes from a French-Russian family of artists. At the age of 4 she started learning piano, and she was 9 when she gave her first public concert, which was broadcast live on Radio France; at the age of 11 she was accepted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where she completed her studies with master classes led by Bruno Rigutto. In 2004, following her success in various competitions, she became the youngest-ever participant in the Young Concert Artists Auditions and won first prize, which led to concert engagements in New York, Washington, D.C., and other major American cities. In the same year de la Salle gave her first performance in Japan and made her debut at the Schles-wig-Holstein Music Festival as well as at La Roque d’Anthéron. Since then she has appeared throughout Europe and the United States and in the Far East, concertizing with the Philadelphia and Philharmonia Orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin. Such conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Charles Dutoit, Philippe Herreweghe, Marek Janowski, Lorin Maazel, Robin Ticciati, and Osmo Vänskä number among her partners. From 2013 until the summer of 2015 she served as artist-in-residence with the Philharmonia Zürich, performing the complete Rachmaninoff concertos under Fabio Luisi. In the past few months she has appeared at the Aspen, Ravinia, and Moritzburg Festivals, and from mid-October to mid-November she completed a major tour of the United States. Lise de la Salle has released eight CDs to date; her Liszt recording won the Diapason d’Or in 2011. Her latest release, from October 2015, is a live recording from Zurich of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 19 November 2008 playing works by Mozart, Liszt, and Prokofiev.