The secret of great music comes from the deepest inner self and only develops when authenticity, intelligence, vivaciousness and refined taste merge. A great musical experience must be a beacon in the sea of commercial intentions. I try to remember this with every tone, every gesture.

Lisa Smirnova Pianist

Pianist Lisa Smirnova made her debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 20, followed by performances at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Salzburg Festival.

Deeply rooted in the music of the baroque and classical period, she is recognised as a renowned Mozart specialist and as an outstanding interpreter of J.S. Bach, Händel and Scarlatti.

The recordings of Lisa Smirnova are critically acclaimed. Highlights are her rendition of the Eight Great Suites by Georg Friedrich Händel (2012, ECM New Series), and her Live Recording of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8 and Beethoven op. 111 (Paladino Music PMR0077).

From a growing desire be able to design a comprehensive, historically informed sound of the Baroque and Classical repertoire on a modern grand piano, and within a formation of other musicians, Lisa Smirnova founded the New Classic Ensemble Vienna in 2007, with whom she now realizes many of her artistic projects.

Born in Moscow, today Lisa Smirnova makes her home in Vienna and Düsseldorf.

„Lisa Smirnova knows her Bach like no other and plays with an ecstatic devotion …“

The New Listener | March 22, 2017, Oliver Fraenzke

Next projects


Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck | Museum Day | May 14, 2023, 4 pm | Sergei Prokofjew:  „Visions fugitives“ Op. 22 | Performance with Sophia Otto (Dance)

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Beijing Concert Hall | Recital | July 27, 2023 | Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 „Moonlight Sonata“, Frédéric Chopin: 14 Waltzes


Salzburg Festival | Mozarteum Salzburg, Great Hall | August 14, 2023, 7:30 pm | György Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre | With Camerata Salzburg and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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