Konstantin Lifschitz

Konstantin Lifschitz was born in 1976 in Kharkov. At the age of 5, he began his studies at the Gnessin Special Music School in Moscow, where Tatiana Zelikman was his teacher. He furthered his studies in Russia, England and Italy under Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, and Charles Rosen.

Since his debut in Moscow, Lifschitz has performed with famous orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Conductors with whom Lifschitz has collaborated include Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Neville Marriner, Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Mikhail Yurovsky, Marek Janowski, Andrey Boreyko, Vladimir Spivakov, Yury Temirkanov, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and Alexander Rudin. He also performs solo recitals at major festivals and in the most important concert halls worldwide.

As a passionate chamber musician, Konstantin Lifschitz has collaborated with artists such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov, Leila Josefowicz, Misha Maisky, Mstislav Rostropovich, Lynn Harrell, Carolin Widmann, Natalia Gutman, Jörg Widmann, Sol Gabetta, Vadim Repin, Eugene Ugorski, Alexander Rudin, and Dmitry Sitkovetsky.

His recording of Beethoven’s complete Violin Sonatas with Daishin Kashimoto, the concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, was released by Warner Classics in January 2014.

Lifschitz's diverse repertoire is reflected in his rich discography, which includes Bach’s ‘Musical Offering’, Gottfried von Einem’s Piano Concerto with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Cornelius Meister, Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto and Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 456 under Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, as well as Bach’s Art of Fugue, which has been an important focus of his work over the years. Lifschitz won the German Echo Klassik award with his debut recording, featuring music by Bach, Schumann, Medtner, and Scriabin.

In 2008, a live recording of Lifschitz's performance of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (Books I and II) at the Miami International Piano Festival was released on DVD by VAI. Many of his CDs have reaped exceptional reviews. He has recorded all seven keyboard concertos of J. S. Bach with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, leading from the piano. He also gains increasing recognition as a conductor with ensembles such as the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Wernigerode, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra Vilnius, Musica Viva Moscow, Lux Aeterna and Gabreli Choir Budapest, Moscow Virtuosi, Solisti di Napoli Naples, Dalarna Sinfonietta Falun, and Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra of Hohenems. In February 2015, he collaborated with the Century Orchestra Osaka on an all-Mozart programme performed in Osaka Izumi Hall.

Konstantin Lifschitz is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and has been appointed as a professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts since 2008.