The Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society (CamRuSS) is delighted to bring you a recital by Vitaly Pisarenko, a prize-winning Russian pianist based in London. This is a fundraising concert in support of our collective plea for peace. All proceeds will go to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Vitaly Pisarenko. Concert poster @CamRuss

Vitaly will present an outstanding programme of music by Schubert and Liszt (including some of Liszt’s transcriptions of Schubert’s Lieder) on Friday 18 March in the Chapel at Churchill College.

Let’s take this opportunity to join together as a community to support those in desperate need of food, water, shelter, healthcare and protection as a result of the war in Ukraine.

Please use the Main Carpark close to the Chapel. See the top of the map available here.


  • Schubert, Sonata in C Minor, D 958
  • Schubert – Liszt, ‘Der Wanderer’, ‘Aufenthalt’
  • Intermission
  • Liszt, ‘Faribolo pasteur’
  • Schubert – Liszt, ‘Auf dem Wasser zu singen’, ‘Ständchen von Shakespeare’
  • Liszt, Transcendental Etude ‘Chasse-neige’, Valse oubliée No. 1
  • Schubert – Liszt, ‘Gretchen am Spinnrade’
  • Liszt, Totentanz (for piano solo)


After winning some of the most important international awards including the First Prize at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht and the Third Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition (2015), London-based Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko has been steadily gaining worldwide recognition.

Vitaly Pisarenko ©Andreea Tufescu

Critically acclaimed as a pianist of unusually soft touch, prodigious technique and captivating expressiveness, Vitaly has performed in over 30 countries, including solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, Musikverein in Vienna, Bozar in Brussels, Moscow Philharmonic Recital Hall, National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Concert Hall, Mozarteum in Salzburg, de Singel in Antwerp, Toyota Concert Hall in Japan, Hong Kong City Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris and Palace of Arts in Budapest.

He has also played with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Noord Nederlands Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in Japan, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Het Gelders Orchestra, the YMSO and others performing at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, Tokyo Opera City, Seoul Arts Center, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Sala San Paulo in Brazil and De Doelen in Rotterdam among others.

The Association of Music Critics of Argentina recently presented Vitaly with the ‘2018 Revelation Award’.

Since January 2020 Vitaly has taught at the Purcell School of Music and in September 2021 he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Royal College of Music in London. Visit Vitaly’s website here.