Liza Stepanova

Assistant Professor of Piano

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Praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” 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 chamber music performances at the Berlin Museum of Musical Instruments and Belgrade’s Kolarac Hall. In the United States, she has appeared in Weill and Zankel Recital Halls at Carnegie; Alice Tully Hall, Merkin and Steinway halls in New York City; 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.

In 2018, Stepanova released a critically acclaimed solo CD “Tones & Colors: Music and Visual Art”, recorded in New York City with Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse. The recording features music from Bach to Ligeti that was inspired by visual art and has been praised in international media, including the BBC Music Magazine (UK), The Whole Note (Canada), and Piano Magazine (US). The disc was broadcast widely on national radio, including several headlining features on Performance Today, as well as on WQXR Chicago and WCRB Boston. Stepanova's most recent project "E Pluribus Unum” (PARMA Recordings, 2020) features piano music by contemporary immigrant composers. 2019-2020 concert highlights include invitations to the Bowdoin Music Festival and Prague Piano Festival, and tours in Canada, Mexico, and across the US at Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the USF Steinway Series, the Crescent City Festival in New Orleans, Norton Museum in Palm Beach, and more.

Stepanova has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at international festivals at Castleton, La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Mostly Mozart, Copenhagen (Denmark), and Davos (Switzerland), where she had opportunities to collaborate with leading artists including violinist Cho-Liang Lin, violist James Dunham, clarinetist Charles Neidich, soprano Lucy Shelton, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer and members of the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the Atlanta Symphony. Deeply committed to new music, she has premiered works by Jennifer Higdon and Libby Larsen and worked with composers William Bolcom, Gabriela Lena Frank, and John Harbison.

As a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, Stepanova won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition and received the Grand Prize at the 2011 Coleman Competition. The Trio gave its Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall recital debuts in 2014 to enthusiastic reviews and has commissioned multiple new works. The Trio's debut CD After A Dream garnered positive reviews from The New York Times’s Classical Playlist, WQXR, and Minnesota Public Radio. Highlights of Lysander's recent tours include the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; Purdue University’s Convocations Series, Los Angeles’ Clark Memorial Library at UCLA and the Da Camera Society; Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert series and Rockford Coronado Concerts; San Francisco’s Music at Kohl Mansion; and Juneau Jazz and Classics (AK). 

Liza Stepanova studied art song collaboration with Wolfram Rieger in Berlin and was invited by the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to perform in several of his master classes including the Hugo-Wolf-Tage festival in Austria. Since 2010, Stepanova has been on the faculty at SongFest at The Colburn School in Los Angeles and also served as the festival’s Associate Artistic Director and Piano Program Director for two years.

Stepanova received her DMA from The Juilliard School with a Richard F. French Award for outstanding doctoral work. Previously a graduate of the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin, Germany, she studied with Joseph Kalichstein, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, and George Sava, and performed in master classes for Alfred Brendel, Daniel Barenboim and András Schiff. Following teaching positions at The Juilliard School and Smith College, she is currently an assistant professor of piano at the University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Her UGA students have been invited to the Aspen, Bowdoin, Chautauqua, and Salzburg Mozarteum summer programs, received scholarships to graduate programs at Peabody Conservatory and Northwestern University, and consistently win competitions and awards.

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Praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” Liza Stepanova is in demand as a soloist, collaborator, and educator. 2019-2020 season highlights include invitations to the Bowdoin Music Festival and Prague Piano Festival, and tours in Canada, Mexico, and across the US at Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the USF Steinway Series, the Crescent City Festival in New Orleans, Norton Museum in Palm Beach, and more. Stepanova has performed extensively in Europe, including as a concerto soloist in the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. In the United States, she has appeared in Weill and Zankel Recital Halls at Carnegie; Alice Tully Hall, Merkin and Steinway halls in New York City; at the Kennedy Center and The Smithsonian in Washington, DC; and live on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, and WETA Washington. In 2018, Stepanova released a critically acclaimed solo CD “Tones & Colors: Music and Visual Art”, recorded in New York City with Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse. The recording features music from Bach to Ligeti that was inspired by visual art and has been praised in international media, including the BBC Music Magazine (UK), The Whole Note (Canada), and Piano Magazine (US). The disc was broadcast widely on national radio, including several headlining features on Performance Today, as well as on WQXR Chicago and WCRB Boston.