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Valentina Lisitsa - Chasing Pianos / NPR: Deceptive Cadence interview

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Born in Kiev a little more than 40 years ago, Valentina Lisitsa came to America in the early '90s to work as a concert pianist. She rode a wave of acclaim, recording the Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra, but soon realized she was "just another blonde, female Russian pianist." Looking for a new audience, Lisitsa turned to around the time of its 2007 inception, with "just me and my piano and nothing else." Seventy million views and a record deal later, she found them.

For her new album, Chasing Pianos, Lisitsa turned to British composer , a former critic who coined the term "minimalism," often used to describe the works of . The album largely culls from his score for the 1993 Jane Campion film The Piano. It's a far cry from the ornate pieces of Rachmaninoff, but "you have to express so many emotions, and to touch human hearts with so few notes," she tells NPR's Robert Siegel. "This was an exciting challenge for me." LISTEN TO THE NPR: Deceptive Cadence INTERVIEW.