For decades now, Elisabeth Leonskaja has been among the most celebrated pianists of our time. In a world dominated by the media, Elisabeth Leonskaja has remained true to herself and to her music, and in doing so, is following in the footsteps of the great Russian musicians of the Soviet era, such as David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels, who never wavered in their focus on the quintessence of music despite working in a very difficult political environment. Her almost legendary modesty still makes her somewhat media-shy today. Yet as soon as she walks out on the stage, audiences can sense the force behind the fact that music is and always has been her life’s work.
Elisabeth Leonskaja has appeared as a soloist with virtually all the leading orchestras in the world, such as the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the radio orchestras of Hamburg, Cologne and Munich, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and many others, under the baton of such leading conductors as: Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Kurt Sanderling, Maris Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov, Tugan Sokhiev, Jiří Bělohlávek, Ivan Fischer, Thomas Dausgaard and many others.
A quote from the music magazine “Diapason” by André Boucourechliev (Paris): „Elisabeth Leonskaja’s journey leads from one pinnacle to another. By constantly excelling herself, driven by her own personal demands, by her passion and her intelligence she has scaled the heights achieved only by the greatest, not just of today, but of an entire epoch: those of a Clara Haskil, a Lipatti, and of modernity to boot “.
The Margravial Opera House Bayreuth
The Margravial Opera House is the best-preserved example of a freestanding baroque court theater. The model was the largest opera houses of the time in Vienna and Dresden. A unique monument of 18th-century festival and music culture, it was inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List in 2012.
An impression of the lodge’s original color scheme was regained through the comprehensive restoration carried out between 2013 and 2018. With numerous illusionistic effects, Baroque painting creates an overwhelming spatial experience. Auditorium and stage form a unit. At the back of the auditorium opposite the prince’s box is the large stage portal framed by columns. As on the stage front, the sculpture ensemble of the glorification of the Hohenzollern dynasty and the patrons, Margrave Friedrich and Margravine Wilhelmine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth also serve here.
(Quelle: Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen)