Lera Auerbach was born in the city of Chelyabinsk at the gateway to Siberia. After writing her first opera at twelve years of age, she was invited for a concert tour to the United States in 1991, where continued her studies in piano and composition at the Juilliard School in New York. Auerbach has been awarded the prestigious Hindemith Prize by the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, and Deutschlandfunk’s Förderpreis. She received a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, recently was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and received the ECHO Klassik award 2012 for The Little Mermaid.
A virtuoso pianist and composer, Lera Auerbach is one of today’s most sought after and exciting creative voices. Her boldly imaginative and evocative compositions are championed by today's leading musicians, conductors, choreographers, and opera houses. Ms. Auerbach's uniquely personal interpretations of the standard keyboard repertoire are making her a favorite of audiences worldwide. She regularly appears as soloist in the world’s great halls, and her published oeuvre includes more than 90 works of opera, ballet, symphonic and chamber music.