Liana Forest lights up the stage with dazzling virtuosity, sparkling humour and warm, charismatic stage presence. A world-class pianist and entertainer, she creates a special connection with her audience as she elegantly weaves together beautiful music and captivating storytelling.
Born in Ukraine into a musical family, Liana began her studies at the age of five and made her debut at fourteen with the Odessa Philharmonic. She studied with the renowned professor Ludmila Ginsburg, herself a graduate from Moscow Conservatoire under the tutelage of famous Henry Neuhaus.
Transplanted to California after accepting a full scholarship to study at Mills College, Liana won First Prize at the International Chopin Competition. She performed as soloist with Russian Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, Saratoga Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic and Redwood Symphony.
Liana is the recipient of the prestigious Bosendorfer Piano Award. She has entertained Princess Chulabhirn of Thailand, the Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, and Princess Sofia of Rumania.
Liana has been a frequent participant at international music festivals, including the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg; Mid-Summer Mozart Festival in San Francisco; the Hennessy Artists Series at Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam and many others.
Liana has also performed for great causes including the benefits for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Haiti Earthquake, Japan Tsunami, Chile Earthquake and Hurricane Sandy. Her award-winning recordings of Romantic Piano music have been internationally acclaimed throughout the world.