Alissa is a British-Russian pianist, composer and conductor. She studied piano and composition at the Purcell School, followed by the Royal Academy of Music, where she also studied conducting with Colin Metters on his prestigious postgraduate programme.
In Oct 2013, Alissa had her triple-debut with the English Chamber Orchestra in Cadogan Hall, directing Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto, and conducting her own Serenade for Strings, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and David Matthews’ 4th Symphony.
As a pianist Alissa gave her Wigmore Hall and Proms debuts in 2009 and has appeared in Dartington, Cheltenham, Presteigne, Messiaen at Southbank, Fuerstensaal Classix and Seattle festivals. She has also performed at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, as well as in numerous venues throughout France, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the USA. After winning the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer competition in 2001, Alissa received numerous commissions including a Bach transcription for the 2010 Proms festival.
Alissa performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor with the orchestra in March 2016, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini in November 2017 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 in November 2018.
Previous holders of the office of WPO President include:
Laura van der Heijden, 2012-2018 (Cellist and Winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2012)