Liszt Dante Sonata - A Concert by Dalia Lazar

Dalia Lazar (piano) will play Franz Liszt


Croatian-born Dalia Lazar  trained at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow before completing her studies in New York, where she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall.  She went on to tour extensively in the Americas and Europe, before settling in Italy, where she is now  Artista in Residenza in Panicale, on the shores of Lago di Trasimeno.



Studio da concerto "Un sospiro"

Valse Oubliée n.1

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca

Dante Sonata


Liszt's spiritual quest followed him throughout his life. A fascination with religion, death, and faith are ever present in his works. During his stay in the Tuscan village of San Rossore in 1838 Liszt set forth on the path of transferring his impressions from Italian art and literature to the musical score.

Reading Petrarch's Sonnet No.104, Liszt interpreted its angelic rhymes "I find no peace" into sounds of reflection, deep expression and emotional unrest “and I am in this state, Lady, because of you".

Dante's Divine Comedy arouses Liszt's imagination to recreate Dante's imaginary odyssey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. The Dante Sonata is a powerful musical journey through the dark atmosphere of the Inferno's "horrible cries and words of pain", the wailing of souls, the eternal agony of regret and torment. The music ultimately emerges with ecstasy, salvation, heavenly joy of Paradise and "Love, that moves the sun and the other stars"..


If you would like to attend the concert at the British Institute Library, please register here or write an email to  

Only the first 35 registrations can be accepted. Please note that, following national regulations, all attendees will be required to show a Green Pass (or equivalent International certification) for entry.

 This is an in person-only event. 



Born in Zagreb, Croatia, DaIia Lazar's early piano instruction began at age six and stressed lyricism and feeling: "When you sit at the piano," her teacher, Oliva Zadobosek said, "your mind, heart and hands are an extension of your piano". Soon recognized for her unusual talent and her pianistic ability, at the age of sixteen, she was admitted to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the youngest student and first from Croatia. Immediately after graduation, she continued her studies in New York and London with Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Maria Curcio.

As a finalist in the New York Concert Artist Guild Competition, Dalia made her debut at Rubenstein Hall, and later at Carnegie Recital Hall. Since then she has played an extensive repertoire as a soloist around the world, including the United States, Russia, Venezuela, Israel, Switzerland, France, Croatia, Mexico, Italy and Romania.

Dalia Lazar's performances have been well received by critics, who have defined her style: "there is nobility in her playing" (Yediot Achronot, Tel Aviv), "un sentimento profondo", "virtuosismo y impecable phraseo" (Panorama, Venezuela), "that rare combination of charisma, personality and extraordinary pianistic ability" (pianist Tzimon Barto) and " inspiring expression of musical excellence" (DailyRepublic).