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Elizaveta Ilinichna Leonean Soviet and Austrian pianist, teacher.

During her studies she received several awards at major international competitions: George Enescu (Bucharest, 1964), Margarita long (Paris, 1965), Queen Elizabeth (Brussels, 1968). She played Mozart sonatas in Grieg's arrangement for two pianos with Sviatoslav Richter, who had a decisive influence on her development as a pianist.

On 29 November 1978, while on tour in Vienna, she announced that she had decided not to return to the USSR. According to other sources, the documents for departure were prepared in advance, although in a very short time (just a week), and friends who came shortly before her departure for her last birthday, had time to say goodbye to her.

In June 1986, while in France, Elizabeth of Leon met Joseph Brodsky, who later dedicated two poems to her: "Bagatelle "(1987) in the book" Urania "and" in the air — severe frost and needles... " (1994). According to leonskaya herself, of Brodsky's friends, she was one of the last to see him alive — the day before his death.

With the support of Elizabeth leonskaya, two books of poems by Marina Georgadze were published: in 1996 — "Route", and in 2002 — "Black and white".

He lives in Vienna, performs concerts, teaches. Among her students — Caspar Frantz, Anika vavic, Marcus Hinterhauser.

He performs music by European romantics and Russian composers — Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich.

He performs with major European orchestras and chamber ensembles, leading conductors in Europe and the United States (most often with Kurt Mazur and the new York Philharmonic orchestra).

Prize of St. Cecilia for the recording of sonatas by Brahms, the Diapason d'or for a recording of music by Franz Liszt.

Awarded the highest award of Austria-the order of Honor in the field of science and art (2006).

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