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

When she was six and a half, her parents were able to buy her her first upright piano. At 7, she passed the entrance to one of Tbilisi's sixty music schools. At 11, she gave her orchestral debut with Beethoven's Concerto No. 3, at 13 her first solo recital. At 14, she began an intense four-year period of study at the secondary school with a new piano teacher from Kiev, influenced by the Russian school of piano. In 1964, Elisabeth Leonskaja won the Enesco International Piano Competition in Bucharest. The judges included the composer and conductor Aram Khachaturian and the pianist Arthur Rubinstein.

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 resided 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 Piano Concerto 2 / Piano Sonata op. 37 Tchaikovsky; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur, Elisabeth Leonskaja 1
1992 The Nocturnes Frédéric Chopin; Elisabeth Leonskaja 2
1993 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 / Piano Sonata no. 2 Shostakovich; Elisabeth Leonskaja, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Hugh Wolff 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 2
1997 Piano Concertos 1-3 / Concert Fantasia Tchaikovsky; New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur, Elisabeth Leonskaja 1
1997 Violin Concerto in D Major / Piano Concerto No. 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; Orquestra sinfônica SWF de Baden-Baden, Michael Gielen, Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Leonskaja 2
2004 Impromptus D. 899 / D. 935 Franz Schubert; Elisabeth Leonskaja 1
2004 Piano Concertos no. 2 and no. 3 Tchaikovsky; New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur, Elisabeth Leonskaja 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
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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