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Among the foremost musical figures of our time, conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy has built an extraordinary career, both as a revered pianist, and as an artist whose creative life encompasses a range of activities that offers inspiration to music-lovers around the world. He has a long and storied performance history with The Cleveland Orchestra, first appearing as a pianist in 1968 and as a conductor in 1983. His most recent performances here were in 2010.
Born in Gorky in 1937, Vladimir Ashkenazy began playing the piano at age six and was accepted at the Central Music School two years later. Following graduation from the Moscow Conservatory, he won second prize in the 1955 International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition, first prize in the 1956 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, and joint first prize in the 1962 International Tchaikovsky Competition — launching on an international career as a renowned and much-recorded concert pianist.
Mr. Ashkenazy’s work as a conductor came later, with him serving as chief conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic (1987-94), principal conductor of the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin (1989-99), principal guest conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra (1987-94), chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic (1998-2003), music director of the NHK Symphony Orchestra (2004-07), principal conductor and artistic advisor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2009-13), and music director of the European Union Youth Orchestra (2000-15). Today, he is conductor laureate of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. He regularly appears as a guest conductor with major orchestras around the world.
Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Decca discography features a variety of award- winning albums, in repertoire stretching across more than three centuries. His Grammy Award-winning albums include Beethoven’s Piano Concertos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Georg Solti (1973), Ravel’s solo works (1985), and Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues (1999). To mark Mr. Ashkenazy’s 70th birthday in 2007 and his 50th anniversary as an exclusive Decca artist, Decca released a series of CDs and DVDs — featuring newly-recorded and reissued performances — which embraced his work as a pianist and conductor. He has continued to record since that time, including works by Bach, Howard Blake, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel, including piano duo albums with his son Vovka Ashkenazy. His television projects include Ashkenazy in Moscow, which marked his 1989 visit to Russia — his first time there since leaving the Soviet Union in the 1960s.
For more information, please visit www.vladimirashkenazy.com.