Elisabeth Leonskaja has for decades been counted among the most famous pianists of our time. In a world dominated by commercial media and political agendas, she has remained true to herself and to music, in the tradition of great Soviet musicians such as David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels. Her musical development was decisively influenced by her collaboration with Sviatoslav Richter. This musical and personal friendship continued until Richter’s death in 1997. Besides her numerous solo engagements, chamber music remains an important part of her work. She is a regular guest at several international festivals and performs as a soloist with leading orchestras and internationally renowned conductors all over the world. In her second homeland, Austria, she has received the highest artistic honour: the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art and has been named an honorary member of the Wiener Konzerthaus. In 2020, she received the International Classical Music (ICMA) Lifetime Achievement Award.