Alissa Firsova is a British-Russian pianist, composer and conductor. She made her Wigmore Hall and Proms debuts in 2009 and has performed in numerous concert halls and festivals throughout the world.

Since winning the BBC Proms Young Composer Competition in 2001, she received three commissions for the Proms, writing for the Royal Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic and Southbank Sinfonia together with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Her music was also performed by the NTO Mannheim, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Netherlands Blazer Ensemble, Dante and Tippett quartets, Henning Kraggerud, Imogen Cooper and conductors, Andrew Litton, Mark Wigglesworth, Alexander Soddy, Leo McFall and Jessica Cottis.

Alissa has enjoyed close collaborations with the Camerata RCO, Daniel Rowland, Tim Hugh, Andrew Marriner and Mark Padmore, amongst many others.

Alissa recorded her debut solo piano (Russian Émigrés) and composer portrait (Fantasy) CD’s on Vivat and her Stabat Mater, recorded by The Sixteen, was featured in Gramophone’s Top 10 Compositions by Women. She enjoyed her triple debut with the English Chamber Orchestra as conductor, composer and pianist in 2013 in the Cadogan Hall and is currently Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival.

Concerts

Sat 23 March 2024, 19:30

Alissa plays Emperor and conducts her To Spring

Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra
The Boundstone Chorus & Worthing Choral Society
Dominic Grier & Alissa Firsova conductors

Fri 12 April 2024, 19:00

Canadian Premiere of Die Windsbraut in Vancouver

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Gemma New conductor

Sat 13 April 2024, 20:00

Canadian Premiere of Die Windsbraut in Vancouver

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Gemma New conductor

Thu 18 April 2024, 18:30

Swiss Premiere of Die Windsbraut

Bern Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Soddy conductor

Fri 19 April 2024, 18:30

Swiss Premiere of Die Windsbraut

Bern Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Soddy conductor

Sat 27 April 2024, 19:00

An Evening of Joseph Haas in Schloss Reimlingen

Alessia Schumacher soprano
Ludmila Pavlová violin
Alissa Firsova piano

Tue 4 June 2024

Chamber Music in the Algarve

Andrew Marriner clarinet
Tim Hugh cello
Alissa Firsova piano

Thu 6 June 2024

Chamber Music in the Algarve

Andrew Marriner clarinet
Tim Hugh cello
Alissa Firsova piano

Albums

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COMPOSITIONS

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Op.1 – Les Pavots for Solo Piano Op.2 – Strength Through Joy for Symphony Orchestra Op.3  –  The Entire City for String Quintet Op.5 – I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in heaven for Wind and String Ensemble Op.6 – Rhapsody for Solo Violin Op.7 – Lyrisches Stuck for Viola and Piano Op.8 – Prophet for Mixed Chorus Op.9 – Expressions for Clarinet and Piano Op.9 – Eternity No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano Op.9 – Awaiting No. 2 for Clarinet and Piano Op.10 – Loss for Clarinet and String Quartet Op.11 – The Endless Corridor for Piano Op.12 – Birth of Remembrance for Flute, Clarinet, Violin and Cello Op.13 – Lune Rouge for Piano Op.14 – Age of Reason for String Quartet Op.15 – Celebration for Clarinet, Flute, Violin and Cello Op.16 – Tamaris for two cellos Op.17 – Bluebells for piano solo, clarinet, horn, string quartet and percussion (3rd mov of Family Concerto, In memory of Dmitri Shostakovich – family project) Op.18 – Paradiso for String Quartet (3rd mov of Divine Comedy – family project) Op.19 – Freedom (Clarinet Concerto) Op.20 – Zhivago Songs to Boris Pasternak’s poems for voice and piano Op.21 – Moonlight over the Sea based on Munch’s painting for Solo Violin Op.22 – Chateau de Canisy for Voice and Piano Op.23 – Souvenir Melancolique for Clarinet and Horn Bach Allegro for large symphony orchestra (transcription of the 3rd mov of Bach’s 3rd Viola da Gamba Sonata BWV 1029) Op.24 – Kubla Khan for tenor, bayan, violin and cello (5th mov of family project) Op.25 – Gallo Variations for chamber orchestra Op.26 – Unity for bass-baritone and piano Op.27 – Serenade for Strings for string orchestra Op.28 – Paradisi Gloria for SATB choir a cappella Op.29 – Fantasy for cello and piano Op.30 – Stabat Mater for SATB choir a cappella Op.31 – Bergen’s Bonfire for Symphony Orchestra (Triple winds) Op.32 – Tree of Hope for 4 Harps Op.33 – Le Soleil de Conques for 2 solo cellos and string orchestra Op.34 – Bride of the Wind for piano-duet Op.35 – Asiago Concerto for piano trio and chamber orchestra Op.36 – Tennyson Fantasy Op. 36 for string quartet Op.37 – Ascent to Freedom & In search of…Paradise for soprano and piano Op.38 – Die Windsbraut for symphony orchestra Op.39 – Spring Haiku for soprano and piano (part of family cycle) Op.40 – If a thing loves, it is infinite… for string quartet Op.41 – The Good Morrow for choir a cappella Op.42 – Algarvi for violin and piano Op.43 – Red Fox for choir and chamber orchestra Op.44 – Songs of the World for soprano and ensemble Op.45 – Pastorale for piano solo Op.46 – To Spring for choir and orchestra Op.47 – Lilacs for soprano and piano Op.48 – Te amo for mezzo-soprano and piano Op.49 – Reunion for clarinet, cello and piano