A French Pianist Powerhouse

Aug 16, 2017

“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.”

That’s what one Washington Post critic was inspired to write after attending a concert featuring the dynamic young pianist Lise de la Salle. Another exclaimed, “She might just be the most exciting young artist in classical music right now.” A native of France, Ms. de la Salle first came to international attention in 2005, at the age of 16, with a Bach/Liszt recording that was selected as „Recording of the Month“ by Gramophone Magazine. Ms. de la Salle, who records for the Naïve label, was then similarly recognized in 2008 for her recording of Liszt’s, Prokofiev’s and Shostakovich’s first concertos – a remarkable feat for someone only 20 years old. Her most recent Naive recording offers works of Schumann, including Kinderszenen and the C Major Fantasy, which was released in 2014.

French pianist Lise de la Salle
Credit Stephane Gallois for Vanity Fair

The Des Moines Symphony’s guest pianist Lise de la Salle is showcased on this week’s Symphonies of Iowa concert. Experience the thrill of hearing Rachmaninoff’s glorious, lyrical Piano Concerto No. 2 performed by this rising star. This all-Russian program concludes with Borodin’s exhilarating Polovtsian Dances, plus you’ll hear two contrasting portrayals of Romeo & Juliet. Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers is brought to vivid, symphonic life by Prokofiev’s passionate ballet and Tchaikovsky’s sweeping Overture Fantasy. Tune in on Monday, August 21st for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast with the Des Moines Symphony and Lise de la Salle!


TCHAIKOVSKY - Romeo & Juliet (Overture Fantasy)

RACHMANINOFF - Piano Concerto No. 2

PROKOFIEV - Music from Romeo & Juliet

BORODIN - Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor


Lise de la Salle, piano

Joseph Giunta, Music Director and Conductor