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21 year old virtuoso to make triumphant return to Dayton


DAYTON OH (December 30, 2009) - The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 09-10 Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical Series continues with Lise meets Liszt, featuring soloist Lise de la Salle, on Thursday and Saturday, January 7 & 9, 2010, both performances at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.

French pianist Lise de la Salle, just 21 years old, made a huge impression in Dayton with her February 2008 Philharmonic debut. She was immediately re-engaged for the 09-10 season to perform the flamboyant Piano Concerto No. 1 by Franz Liszt. The combination of this dynamic young artist and a legendary work will thunder onto the Schuster Center stage with all the fervor of the archetypal Romantic hero.

Also on the program: Wagner’s Faust Overture and the epic Symphony No. 3 by his disciple, Anton Bruckner. Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct. If you enjoy the rich sound and emotional fervor of music’s Romantic period, this is the concert for you!

Tickets for the concerts of January 7 & 9 range from $12 - $59 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2009-2010 Classical Series is sponsored by Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals. Lise de la Salle is the 2009-2010 Season Erma R. and Hampden W. Catterton Endowed Guest Artist. The DPO’s weekend concert sponsor is FORGE.

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About Lise de la Salle
Just 21, pianist Lise de la Salle’s playing is so inspiring that The Washington Post wrote, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe...the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.”

Lise de la Salle’s 2009-2010 season includes her debut with the Boston Symphony led by Fabio Luisi; her first subscription concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic with James Conlon, with whom she also appeared to enthusiastic audiences at the Aspen and Ravinia Festivals; as well as her debut in the fabled Musikverein with the Vienna Symphony. In this and recent seasons, Ms. de la Salle's appearances include recitals in Paris, London (Wigmore Hall), Lucerne Festival Piano Series, Stuttgart, Copenhagen, Luxemburg, Salzburg and the Verbier Festival. Other engagements include the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2008, Ms. de la Salle garnered her second “Recording of the Month” from Gramophone Magazine for her Naive recording of first concertos of Liszt, Prokofiev and Shostakovich – a remarkable feat for someone only 20 years old. The 2008-09 season included performances in Berlin, London and Paris, at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with the Minnesota Orchestra (where Music Director Osmo Vanska invited her for three consecutive visits), and recitals in San Francisco, for the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and at Duke University.

Ms. de la Salle’s recording of works by Bach and Liszt, made when she was only 16, was selected as The Gramophone’s ‘Recording of the Month’ for August 2005 and her Mozart & Prokofiev disc earned high praise in August 2007. Her first recording of works by Ravel and Rachmaninov also received wide critical acclaim. She records exclusively for the Naïve label. Ms. de la Salle was also the subject to a multi-page feature in Vanity Fair Germany where they said “An extremely personal beauty emanated from the pieces that she played. Lise de la Salle articulated all the voices with wonderful clarity and variety of expression.”

Born in Cherbourg, France in 1988, Ms. de la Salle was surrounded by music from her earliest childhood. She began studying the piano at the age of four and gave her first concert at nine in a live broadcast on Radio-France. At 13, she made her concerto debut with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Avignon, and her Paris recital debut at the Louvre before going on tour with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France playing Haydn’s Concerto in D Major.

After receiving special permission to enter the Paris Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique, studying with Pierre Réach, at the age of eleven, Ms. de la Salle graduated in 2001 and subsequently enrolled in the postgraduate cycle with Bruno Rigutto. She has worked closely with Pascal Nemirovski since 1997 and also studied with Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux.

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