A Ukrainian born pianist who has been viewed performing over 43 million times on YouTube will be making her debut at the Royal Albert Hall next month. Valentina Lisitsa, born in Kyiv in 1973, started playing the piano and performing her first solo recital at the age of three.
Valentina told Sky News: “I could not have done this without all my online fans around the world,” she said. “Their reactions tell me every day that I am doing the right thing and that’s the best reward for my hard work.
Now I want to say thank you and give them a great concert live and online. Basically it’s a gathering for friends old and new. It’s a concert, but it’s also a celebration. ”
The Royal Albert Hall’s chief operating officer Jasper Hope described Lisitsa as “a force of nature”.
He said: “I don’t know anybody else who has done this before and we simply had to open our doors to her and give her this opportunity on the world’s most famous stage.”
Andy Hunder, Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London, added: “We are delighted that Valentina will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The television and media coverage in the UK has been truly remarkable and millions of fans around the world are looking forward to view the concert online.”
Despite her early disposition to music, her dream at that point was to become a professional chess player. Lisitsa attended the Lysenko music school for Gifted Children and, later, Kyiv Conservatory.
The concert at the Royal Albert Hall will take place on June 19, 2012
See video of Valentina on Sky News http://news.sky.com/home/showbiz-news/article/16235066