Recitals Australia in association with the Accompanist’ Guild of South Australia will present the virtuosi Ukrainian-Australian-American musical mavericks — internationally renowned pianists Sonya Lifschitz and Lisa Moore in concert on Sunday 17 June at 2.30pm in Elder Hall, North Terrace Adelaide.
The duo will join forces to present a program entitled Handwork - a powerhouse journey on two grand pianos with masterwork music by J.S. Bach, Martin Bresnick and John Adams. They will perform the infamous Bach Goldberg Variations afresh, paired with bold, new American music - the Adelaide premiere of Martin Bresnick’s mysteriously evocative Handwork and John Adams’ jazz-infused, rollicking Hallelujah Junction.
Pitchfork writes: “The New York-based Australian pianist Lisa Moore is a tightrope-walker, a daredevil. She’s the best kind of contemporary classical musician, one so fearsomely game that she inspires composers to offer her their most wildly unplayable ideas. She can play them all.” The New York Times writes ‘Lisa Moore has always been a natural, compelling storyteller’ while TimeOut New York describes her as ‘the wonderfully lyrical pianist’.
Lisa Moore has released 10 solo albums (Cantaloupe, Tall Poppies, Orange Mountain, Bandcamp) ranging from Leoš Janáçek to Philip Glass. Her latest disc The Stone People (Cantaloupe), featuring music by John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore, Frederic Rzewski, and Julia Wolfe, made both The New York Times "Top Classical Albums 2016” and was a 2017 Naxos "Critics’ Choice". Lisa has recorded more than thirty collaborative discs (Sony, Nonesuch, DG, BMG, New World, ABC Classics, Albany, New Albion, Starkland, Harmonia Mundi, Bandcamp).
The New Yorker magazine crowned Lisa ‘New York's queen of avant-garde piano’. She has worked personally with hundreds of composers - including John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Martin Bresnick, Gerard Brophy, Elliot Carter, Philip Glass, Elena Kats-Chernin, Ornette Coleman, David Lang, Hannah Lash, Thurston Moore, Kate Moore, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Michael Smetanin, Julia Wolfe, and Iannis Xenakis.
Praised by The New York Times and The Age for her “dynamic” and “powerful” performances, and by the Woodstock Times for her “miraculous keyboard technique and musicianship”, Ukrainian-born pianist Sonya Lifschitz is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative, fearless and fiercely creative musical voices. In 2015-2017 seasons, Sonya made a critically-acclaimed solo debut in one of New York’s most prestigious concert series, the BargeMusic, with other highlights including a piano duo tour of the USA with renowned pianist Lisa Moore; solo and chamber music performances at the Banff Centre (Canada), the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Salon: Solo, Local Heroes and Spotlight series, and the Melbourne (MIAF), Canberra (CIMF), Darwin, Port Fairy, Metropolis, St. John’s Feast of Music and Australian Piano Duo Festivals. Her recent performance of the world premiere “Stalin’s Piano” by Robert Davidson at the Canberra International Music Festival received a 4.5 stars review in the Limelight Magazine, and a recent performance of Larry Sitsky’s piano trio, Sandakan, commissioned by her ensemble Press, Play, received the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Contemporary Masters Award for the best performance of new work. Sonya’s performances are regularly broadcast by ABC Classic FM, ABC Radio National, and 3MBS and she has appeared on radio in interviews with Andrew Ford and Margaret Throsby.
Sonya debuted with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at age 18, performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, broadcast on ABC Classic FM and SBS television. She has been a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony, Israel Symphony, John Hopkins Symphony, Western Australia Youth Symphony, Melbourne Symphonia, and Marroondah Symphony orchestras and has performed extensively in Australia, United States, Israel, Switzerland, Italy and England.