Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano and Lecturer in Music
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Praised by the New York Times for her "limpid touch" and "fleet-fingered panache," Liza Stepanova is in demand as a soloist, collaborator and educator. She has performed extensively in Europe, most recently, as a soloist with the Southwest German Philharmonic and in duo recital at the Berlin Museum of Musical Instruments. In the United States, she has appeared in Weill and Zankel Recital Halls at Carnegie; Alice Tully Hall, Merkin and Steinway halls in NYC; at the Kennedy Center and The Smithsonian in Washington, DC; and live on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago and WETA Washington.
Stepanova has twice been a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra led by James DePreist and Nicholas McGegan and was a top prizewinner at the Liszt-Garrison, Juilliard Concerto, Steinway, and Ettlingen competitions. As a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, she won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition and received the Grand Prize at the 2011 Coleman Competition. Lysander Trio activities in the 2013-2014 season include debut recitals at Carnegie Weill and Merkin recital halls in NYC, performances on prestigious concert series at Purdue University and UCLA as well as the release of a debut CD.
Deeply committed to new music, Stepanova has performed with AXIOM, New Juilliard, and Mimesis ensembles, worked with many distinguished composers, including Robert Beaser, Gabriela Frank, John Harbison, Lowell Liebermann and John Musto, and premiered works by Tom Cipullo and Libby Larsen. She studied art song collaboration with Wolfram Rieger, Margo Garrett, and Brian Zeger, and was invited by the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to perform in several of his masterclasses including the Hugo-Wolf Tage festival in Austria.
Stepanova performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the international festivals at Castleton, La Jolla, Music@Menlo and Davos (Switzerland). Between 2011-2013, she was a founding member of the innovative SongFusion ensemble, for which she curated several programs combining music with visual art and recitation. Since 2013, Stepanova serves as Associate Artistic Director and Young Artists Piano Program Director at SongFest at The Colburn School in Los Angeles.
Stepanova received her DMA from The Juilliard School in 2012 with a Richard F. French Award for an outstanding dissertation. Previously a graduate of the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin, Germany, she studied with George Sava, Jerome Lowenthal, Seymour Lipkin, and Joseph Kalichstein, and performed in masterclasses for Alfred Brendel, Daniel Barenboim and Andras Schiff. Stepanova has been on the faculty at The Juilliard School since 2012 and currently also holds the position of Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano at Smith College.