Liza Stepanova is a passionate advocate for the art song repertoire and the art of the song recital. She studied song collaboration with Wolfram Rieger at the “Hanns Eisler” Academy in Berlin and with Margo Garrett and Brian Zeger at The Juilliard School. Additionally, Ms. Stepanova was invited by the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to participate in his month-long workshops at the University of Arts in Berlin as well as in the Hugo-Wolf-Tage Festival in Austria, where she was one of three pianists selected to work on the complete Mörike Lieder in masterclasses with Mr. Fischer-Dieskau.


In 2009 and 2010, Liza Stepanova was a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at SongFest, a summer art song festival at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. During that time, she worked in masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, and Roger Vignoles, among others. Beginning in 2011, Liza Stepanova joined the faculty at SongFest and between 2013-2015, she additionally served as Associate Artistic Director and Piano Program Director. Ms. Stepanova’s projects at SongFest have included an annual recital with Colburn Fellows, the preparation of an annual student recital of Russian art song, and the curation of special concerts dedicated to European emigre composers in California, songs of Hugo Wolf, and the 2015 Recovered Voices program in collaboration with James Conlon's OREL Foundation LEARN MORE ABOUT SONGFEST HERE. 

Ms. Stepanova has premiered songs by Tom Cipullo, William Cooper and Libby Larsen and worked with composers Robert Beaser, Jake Heggie, Lowell Liebermann, Ben Moore, John Musto, and Tobias Picker. She has performed at the Cleveland Art Song Festval and the Castleton Festival and in several recitals for Joy in Singing at the Bruno Walter Auditorium and on the Trinity Church series in NYC.

Ms. Stepanova also continues to explore new ways to present art song recitals, to introduce new audiences to song and to situate songs within a broader artistic, historical and societal context by introducing visual art, literature, and historical documents into the performance. Read more about Ms. Stepanova’s interdisciplinary projects on the PROJECTS page.

View live concert performance of songs by Jake Heggie with soprano Laura Strickling and mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim.
Trinity Church, NYC, Concerts@1 Series
American Art Song curated by Paul Sperry