Photo Credit: Anoush Abrar

Acclaimed Pianist Irina Lankova Makes US Debut
at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall
May 13, 2022, at 8:00 PM

Program features works by Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Scriabin 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York, NY – Internationally acclaimed Steinway Artist Irina Lankova will make her highly anticipated American debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on Friday, May 13, 2022, at 8:00 PM. Inspired by Elégie, her recent luminous album, the program includes a selection of works by Rachmaninoff, Schubert, and Scriabin. These particular pieces evoke significant moments and milestones in her personal and professional life dating from an early age to the present.

“I first heard Rachmaninov's Elégie when I was six or seven; it went straight to my heart! I was overwhelmed. It opened the doors to another world, more intense and free,” she says of the album’s title track and the concert’s opener. “This music, far from sounding sad to me, was so powerful and vibrant!” 
Lankova’s interpretation of Rachmaninov’s Elégie directly inspired the late photographer Peter Lindbergh. “He said that he was very moved by the strength and fragility in my interpretations and wished to create the cover for my next album,” explains Lankova, referring to the album. “I loved his search for authenticity in his portraits, and I have the impression that he was able to capture this duality and something even more, invisible.”
Video by Peter Lindbergh
Ticket Information
Friday, May 13, 2022, at 8:00 PM
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall
Presented by Excellence Production


Elegy Op. 3, No.1 in E-flat minor, Moderato (1892)
Etude-Tableau Op.39, No.3 in F-sharp minor, Allegro molto (1916)
Etude-Tableau Op.33, No.8 in G minor, Grave (1911)
Prelude Op. 23, No.7 in C minor, Allegro (1903)
Prelude Op. 32, No.12 in G-sharp minor, Allegro (1909)
“Vocalise” Op. 34, No.14 in C-sharp minor (1912), transcription by Zoltán Kocsis
“Zdes horosho” Op.21, No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Moderato (1902), transcription by Irina Lankova
“Liebesleid” by Fritz Kreisler, transcription for piano by Sergey Rachmaninoff (1932)

Impromptu D.899 in G-flat major Op. 90, No.3 (1827)
“Ständchen” D.957 (1828), transcription by Franz Liszt
“Auf dem Wasser zu singen” D.774 (1823), transcription by Franz Liszt
Sonata No.2, Op.19 in G-sharp minor (1898)
Duration: 1h15

Tickets, priced at $35, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website,
Photo Credit: Anoush Abrar
About Irina Lankova
A pianist with a “genuinely poetic touch,” Irina Lankova brings a personal and fresh perspective to the classical piano repertoire. Her performances are critically acclaimed for her expressive and poetic interpretations and rich tone.

Born in Russia, Lankova graduated with the highest honors from Gnessin College of Music in Moscow and from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She has been living in Belgium for the past two decades. Her musicality focuses on the singing quality of piano tone, and she has been praised for the colorful palette and lyrical nature of her interpretations.

Lankova, a Steinway Artist since 2008, is passionate about sharing music with new listeners and has created Piano Unveiled to explore different aspects of musicality and interpretation and the Goldberg Visions multimedia project with the video artist Isabelle Françaix. Since 2015, she has been the artistic director of Max Festival, an international music festival in in the heart of the Belgian countryside outside of Brussels.

“Lankova works on a large tonal canvas, conjuring moods
and atmospheres with compelling authority.”

-The Independent

International Praise for Irina Lankova's
Latest Album

“Musical muse of photographer Peter Lindbergh, Russian pianist Irina Lankova delivers her most personal album, punctuating Élégie with pieces by Rachmaninoff, Schubert and Bach that have changed her life..”

“…her expressive playing, the sparkling way in which she conducts the conversation between voices, and the dynamic structure of Schubert are simply magnificent.”

"Beyond the virtuosity required by Rachmaninoff's repertoire, there is this urgency, this dramatic power, this art of magnifying the sadness so characteristic of Russian culture, that Irina Lankova brings to us with no filter other than that of her soul." 
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