Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Elisabeth Leonskaja has been among the most celebrated pianists of our time for decades now. While still a student at the Conservatory, she won prizes in the prestigious Enescu, Marguerite Long and Queen Elizabeth international piano competitions. Elisabeth Leonskaja’s musical development was shaped or influenced to a decisive degree by her collaboration with Svjatoslav Richter. In 1978 Elisabeth Leonskaja left the Soviet Union and made her new home in Vienna, where she had already performed several times.
Elisabeth Leonskaja has appeared as a soloist with virtually all the leading orchestras in the world and is a frequent and welcomed guest at prestigious summer music festivals in Vienna, Schleswig-Holstein, Hohenems and Schwarzenberg, and she also gives recitals in the Piano Series in the world’s major musical centers, such as Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Vienna, Bukarest and Tokyo. Despite her busy schedule as a soloist, chamber music has always played a prominent role in her creative work.
Her recording ‘PARIS’ with works by Ravel, Debussy and Enescu released by the Berlin-based Label eaSonus was elected Solo Recording of the Year 2014 by the ICMA Jury (International Classical Music Awards). A first volume of the complete-recording of the Schubert Sonatas was released in February of 2016, the second followed during the fall of 2017.
In her adopted home, the Republic of Austria, Elisabeth Leonskaja’s outstanding achievements have also gained her great recognition. She has been made an Honorary Member of the Konzerthaus of Vienna. In 2006, she was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for her services to the cultural life of the country – the highest award of its kind in Austria. In Tbilissi, Georgia she received the award The Priestess of Art in 2015.