Praised by the New York Times and The Age for her dynamic and powerful performances, Ukrainian-born, Australian-based pianist Sonya Lifschitz is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative, creative and fearless musical voices. 2015-16 season highlights include critically acclaimed solo debuts at the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Salon Solo series, New York’s iconic Bargemusic series, a piano duo tour of the USA with the renowned pianist Lisa Moore, and performances at the Melbourne, Darwin, Port Fairy and Metropolis Festivals. In 2017, Sonya will make her Canberra International Music Festival debut with a world premiere of a new work, written for her by composer Robert Davidson. Sonya is increasingly active as a music curator and director, pushing to expand the existing parameters of performance culture and concert experience. Recently she has directed two large-scale, multi-disciplinary projects for the Melbourne Festival (Canzone), and the Australian National Academy of Music (Cosmic Mechanics). Sonya is a fierce advocate for new music and is the co-founder and artistic co-director of one of Australia’s leading contemporary ensembles, Press, Play. A regular concerto soloist, Sonya debuted with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at age 18, performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, broadcast on SBS television. Sonya holds a PhD in performance from the University of Melbourne.
Sonya will be performing a new composition at Shir Madness by composer Rob Davison. Weaving together virtuoso piano music, the recorded voices of iconic creative and political figures, video and her own speaking voice, this new composition is a devastating and captivating exploration of the big themes of modern history.The work is a continuous one-hour journey that explores a vast emotional range and moves from frenetic energy to extreme calm, from bliss and heroism to utter darkness.