Columbus Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Lilya Zilberstein

Since winning First Prize in the 1987 Busoni International Piano Competition, Lilya Zilberstein has established herself as one of the finest pianists in the world. In 2012/2013, she will assume her post as Artist-in-Residence at the Stuttgart Philharmonic and will appear with the Jacksonville Symphony, Musical Bridges/San Antonio, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México and the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais (Brazil).

In North America, Ms. Zilberstein has appeared with the symphonies of Chicago (at Ravinia), Colorado, Dallas, Flint, Harrisburg,  Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kalamazoo, Milwaukee, Montreal, Omaha, Quebec, Oregon, and Saint Louis, as well as the Florida Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony, to name a few. In Europe and Asia, engagements have included the Belgrade Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Helsinki Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester/Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus,  London Symphony, Mediterranean Orchestra/Palermo, Moscow Philharmonic, Miscolz Symphony in Hungary, NHK Symphony (Tokyo), RAI Symphony (Torino), Royal Philharmonic, La Scala Orchestra, Taipei Symphony and the Vienna Symphony.  Festival engagements include Lugano, Peninsula, Chautauqua and Mostly Mozart, both in New York and Japan. Recital engagements include venues in Alicante, Beijing, Lucca, Lyon, and Padova.
Ms. Zilberstein has presented numerous recitals alongside Martha Argerich.  In addition to show-stopping performances in Norway, France, Italy and Germany, a CD of the Brahms Sonata for Two Pianos played by Ms. Zilberstein and Ms. Argerich was released in 2003. She has collaborated on extensive tours in the United States, Canada and Europe with Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov. Featured on the EMI recording Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival, Mr. Vengerov’s and Ms. Zilberstein’s performance of the Brahms Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano won a Grammy nomination for best classical album as well as best chamber music performance. A new collaboration is developing between Ms. Zilberstein and her two sons, Daniel and Anton, both of whom have become excellent pianists. Daniel and Anton are concertizing both as a piano duo as well as with their mother doing the Mozart Triple Concerto and other six-hand works for piano.

Ms. Zilberstein has also made numerous recordings for Deutsche Grammophon; these include the Rachmaninoff Concerti Nos. 2 and 3 with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic, the Grieg Concerto with Neeme Järvi and the Göteborg Symphony, as well as solo works of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, Liszt, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel and Chopin.
A native of Moscow, Lilya Zilberstein is a graduate of the Gnessin Pedagogical Institute. In addition to the Busoni Competition Gold Medal, she was the 1998 Prizewinner of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy (other recipients include Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Esa-Pekka Salonen). She moved to Hamburg in 1990, where she lives with her husband and their two sons.  Ms. Zilberstein was named a Guest Professor at the Hamburg Musikhochschule in 2009. 


“…dazzling Russian pianist Lilya Zilberstein…played with extraordinary brilliance, total security and precision…nothing fazed her [Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3].”    ---Boston Globe