Alice Tully Hall reverberated with the haunting talent, emotional depth,
and dramatic stage presence of Russian-American classical piano virtuoso
Lola Astanova. The prodigy started her musical studies at age six and began
touring as a concert pianist at the age of eight, performing in Germany,
France, Austria, Italy, and Russia in both solo programs and with orchestras.
Luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin presented the symphonic
soiree, inviting renowned virtuoso conductor Jahja Ling and the
Orchestra of St. Luke’s to join Astanova onstage in a performance of
Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff ’s Piano Concerto
No. 2. She is the only virtuoso since Van Cliburn to play these two concertos
consecutively in 15 years, making this one of her most anticipated performances.
Astanova has written impressive virtuoso transcriptions of popular
songs from classical to pop, including “Don’t Stop the Music” by Rihanna,
which became a YouTube sensation.
Following the performance, guests headed to the after-party at Doubles,
where the clinks and cheers of cocktails and chatter created another congenial
For 2013 and 2014, the Park Foundation is sponsoring Astanova in venues
in the U.S. and Europe. The foundation supports many causes—medical and
scientifi c research, family support, and the performing arts.
Many well-known musicians are calling Ms. Astanova the modern-day