A podcast of the 6/7/2013 live WFMT broadcast is now available. Listen to the complete work and discusion with host Dave Schwan.

Other reviews: "...much to like", "crispness and precision", "[Belsky] knows how to make raucous sound ravishing"

The EStrella Piano Duo

EStrella Piano Duo's new CD is now available from CDBaby, and for digital download


recent performances featuring music of Russian composers and Mozart arrangements and transcriptions

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Svetlana Belsky, Russian-born pianist, teacher and author, concertizes throughout the United States and abroad, heads the piano program at the University of Chicago, and has published a book and numerous CD liner notes.

"...a passionate pianist and scholar... big and bold music meeting big and bold performance"
Hyde Park Herald, 2/2/2011

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CD of the V. Leyetchkiss transcription of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is now on iTunes.

Download a track for only $.99.

On Radio:
    Iowa Public Radio, January 6, 2014, "Classical Music in the Afternoon" with Barney Sherman
    CKWR FM 98.5 (Canada), June 16, 2014, "Women in Music" with Tom Quick.

NEW! First review is out, in the September/October 2014 issue of American Record Guide (by James Harrington)

Some quotes:"Belsky gives us an extraordinary performance... Over and over I was astounded by the aural trickery that seemed to keep an ostinato pattern going when I knew that it had to be broken occasionally to get all of the other notes... Belsky does not miss any of the excitement, and her tempos are very much in line with orchestral readings. She uses a huge dynamic range from barely audible to thunderous."

  • Read the entire review here.

  • Listen to excerpts
    Physical CDs are available for sale here and on numerous websites: HBDirect, CDUniverse,, Amazon, Naxos, and Barnes & Noble.

    NEW! The ultimate recognition: Busoni as Pianist is included in Maurice Hinson's Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, Fourth Edition

    ANOTHER EXCELLENT REVIEW! "...This book is a gem...don't overlook the Preface and copious footnotes. The information provided by translator Belsky about author Kogan and Soviet Russia is fascinating." Read more... Catherine Kautsky, American Music Teacher, October/November 2011.

    Music Media Monthly calls the translation "excellent" and recommends the book! Erinn E. Knyt, Notes, March 2011

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