Russian-born American pianist Julia Zilberquit has earned critical acclaim as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. She was praised by The New York Times as “an outstanding soloist” after her Carnegie Hall performance of Cesar Franck’s symphonic poem Les Djinns for piano and orchestra with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 Warner Classics released her CD, Bach: Complete Solo Keyboard Concertos; Bach-Vivaldi . This recording features the premiere of two Bach-Vivaldi Concerti Grossi arranged by Ms. Zilberquit for piano and orchestra. The recording was hailed as a “gorgeous rendition” by the prestigious Gramophone Magazine. Ms. Zilberquit made an arrangement of Shostakovich’s Concertino for piano and orchestra and premiered it at Carnegie Hall. She performed it worldwide to critical acclaim and recorded the Concertino with Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi. Julia Zilberquit’s other recordings include a solo recording, The Mystery of Bagatelles, released by Naxos. The CD was praised as a “superb performance” by The Washington Post, and described as an “adventurous program, sparkling with unusual clarity and pointalistic luminescence” in London’s Piano Magazine.
Ms.Zilberquit has also recorded Jewish Music from Russia, featuring works by Prokofiev and Slonimsky on the Harmonia Mundi label. Ms. Zilberquit premiered Slonimsky’s, The Jewish Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, which she commissioned. Slonimsky dedicated the piece to Julia Zilberquit and she performed it with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel. Julia Zilberquit has performed under the baton of Sir Yehudi Menuhin at the Beethoven Festival in Vienna. Ms. Zilberquit discovered a virtually unknown early piano concerto by Beethoven and performed it in Moscow with Yuri Bashmet and his orchestra. She has been a guest soloist with numerous orchestras, including Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra,“I Musici de Montréal”, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Cairo Symphony and Sinfonia Varsovia. Ms. Zilberquit has performed at the world’s major halls including the Carnegie Hall and the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center.
Throughout the years Julia Zilberquit participated at the major music festivals in Europe, Russia and USA. Highlights of the last season included performance of Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw under the baton of Mikhail Jurowski and appearance with Russian State Orchestra and Marius Stravinsky in Moscow. In 2018 Julia Zilberquit made a Maltese premiere of her arrangements of Vivaldi- Bach concertos at the Malta International Festival and made a comeback appearance in Malta in the spring of 2019.
A native of Moscow, Julia Zilberquit was born into a family of musicians. She graduated from Moscow Gnessin School of Music and The Juilliard School (class of Bella Davidovich). She lives in New York City with her family.