Liza Stepanova is particularly interested in INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECTS and mutually inspiring COLLABORATIONS WITH OTHER ARTS. In 2010, she performed Fanny Mendelssohn’s monumental piano cycle The Year in lecture recitals at the Mendelssohn Society in Berlin and at The Juilliard School, where the lecture was given by world-renowned Mendelssohn expert, Prof. Larry Todd. The performance was accompanied by projections from the illustrated manuscript with paintings by Wilhelm Hensel, Fanny’s husband.
Between 2010-13, Ms. Stepanova was a founding member of SongFusion, an innovative NYC-based ensemble, for which she CURATED SIX PROGRAMS COMBINING MUSIC AND OTHER ARTS:
- Franz Liszt: The Man and The Artist, a journey through the composer’s life through song, interspersed with readings from letters and tributes
- Hommage a Debussy, an exploration of the wealth of influences and motifs in his work with projections of over 100 works of visual art
- The Song of Love Triumphant centered around a mystical short story by Turgenev and Chausson’s Poeme for violin inspired by it
- Painting in Tones – Composing in Colors with multimedia, including selections from multiple art-inspired art song cycles by Jake Heggie
- Uncommon Prayer (co-curated with pianist Kathleen Tagg), an exploration of spirituality around the globe
- Spotlight: Pianists, a piano duo program co-curated and performed with Kathleen Tagg, which merged multimedia, narration and more.
Among Ms. Stepanova’s special projects has been the performance of all FOUR MOZART PIANO CONCERTI that originally exist in versions with string quartet (K. 413-415 and 449). Ms. Stepanova performed the concerti K. 413-415 in a single evening from memory. She has also premiered arrangements of CHOPIN’S COMPLETE WORKS FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA: two concerti and four concert pieces in arrangements with string quartet accompaniment. Both projects were performed in over fifteen cities in Germany and Austria and were highly acclaimed in the press. READ REVIEWS here…