I don’t think any of the world’s best classical pianists has ever done this… but she does. Out of loyalty and gratitude to her worldwide following Valentina Lisitsa is running a live webcam inside her practice studio at home until the 4th of July (midnight to be exact).
Buffy, one of Valentina’s cats, joined in at some point and started a piano duet… what a treat! 🙂
The use of technology to connect with an audience, like no other pianist Valentina Lisitsa knows how to do this. Her live-rehearsals involve working on recital and concert programmes that she has to perform next month. The number of pieces she’s working on in these rehearsals: 55 ! That’s FIFTY-FIVE, yes, and more than half of the material is brand new for her. She’s rehearsing this material 13-14 hours a day, from around 9-10AM EST to midnight. She adds: “Nothing exciting otherwise :-)”
I ‘attended’ some of her live rehearsals and it makes you realise once more what it requires to reach the absolute top level in piano playing. Watching Valentina rehearse is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in how one of the world’s finest pianists is working and getting prepared for bringing her art on stage.