Elisabeth Leonskaja (b. November 23, 1945) is a distinguished Russian pianist and teacher. She was born to a Russian family living in Tbilisi, then the capital of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic.

She gave her first concert at the age of eleven. In 1964 she began studies in the Moscow Conservatory. During her conservatory years she won prizes in the prestigious Enescu, Marguerite Long–Jacques Thibaud and Queen Elizabeth international piano competitions in Bucharest, Paris and Brussels.

She left the Soviet Union in 1978 and has since then lived in Vienna. A notable recording of hers is of Edvard Grieg's piano transcriptions of Mozart's piano sonatas K. 545 and K. 533/494, accompanied by Sviatoslav Richter, with whom she built a close friendship and collaboration. She recorded many years for Teldec, now for German label MDG and gives many Masterclasses.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Brahms: Klavierquintett / Dvořák: Dumka aus Klavierquintett Brahms, Dvořák; Alban Berg Quartett, Elisabeth Leonskaja 1
1992 The Nocturnes Frédéric Chopin; Elisabeth Leonskaja 2
1993 Piano Concertos nos. 1, 2 / Piano Sonata no. 2 Dmitri Shostakovich; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Hugh Wolff, Elisabeth Leonskaja 2
1995 Piano Sonatas D 568 / D 850 Schubert; Elisabeth Leonskaja 1
1995 Piano sonatas with freely added accompaniment for a second piano by Grieg Mozart, Grieg; Elisabeth Leonskaja, Sviatoslav Richter 1
1996 Polonaises Chopin; Leonskaja 1
1996 Piano Quintet / Piano Trio no. 2 Dmitri Shostakovich; Elisabeth Leonskaja, Borodin Quartet 1
2004 Impromptus D. 899 / D. 935 Franz Schubert; Elisabeth Leonskaja 1
2004 Piano Concertos No. 2 and No. 3 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Elisabeth Leonskaja, New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur 1
2006 Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2 / Piano Music Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy; Elisabeth Leonskaja, Camerata Salzburg, Ilan Volkov 1
2008 Sehnsucht Franz Schubert; Matthias Goerne, Elisabeth Leonskaja 1
Forellenquintett, A-dur (Piano Quintet in A, 'Trout') Schubert; Alban Berg Quartett, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Georg Hörtnagel 1
Piano Quintet / Piano Trio No.2 Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович; Elisabeth Leonskaja, Borodin Quartet 1
Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata / Vocalise / Dvořák: Polonaise / Sibelius: Malinconia Rachmaninoff, Dvořák, Sibelius; Heinrich Schiff, Elisabeth Leonskaja 1
String Quartets 1 & 2 / Piano Quintet Janáček, Dvořák; Alban Berg Quartett, Elisabeth Leonskaja 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
String Quartets 13-15 / "Trout" Quintet / String Quintet Schubert; Alban Berg Quartett, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Georg Hörtnagel, Heinrich Schiff 1

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