Vladimir Ashkenazy

Biography

Born: July 6, 1937   Country: Russia  
Vladimir Ashkenazy's father was a professional pianist, but he never taught his son. It was his mother who found Ashkenazy his first teacher at age six. His father was a non-observant Russian Jew, and his mother was a Russian of Eastern Orthodox faith. After his debut in Moscow at the tender age of eight, Ashkenazy was subsequently put on track for a musical career and enrolled in Moscow's Central Music School. His regular piano teacher there was Read more Anaida Sumbatian.

In 1955 he entered the Moscow Conservatory, studying with the great pianist Lev Oborin. In the same year he won second prize in the Fifth Warsaw International Chopin Competition. The following year he won the Gold Medal in the Brussels Queen Elizabeth International piano competition and then toured the United States in 1958. In 1961 he married an Icelandic pianist who was studying in Moscow, Sofia Johannsdottir. He won first prize in the Second Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1962, sharing that honor with British pianist John Ogden. In 1963 Ashkenazy and his wife, travelling on their Soviet passports, went to London, where he made his debut in an orchestral concert at Festival Hall, a great success. He stayed on in England and centered his life and career there, beginning a long association with England's Decca (London) records. He quickly made a reputation as one of the most brilliant pianists in the Russian tradition. In 1971 he moved with his family to Reykjavik, where he was awarded Iceland's Order of the Falcon. In 1972 he took Icelandic citizenship and later established a home base in Switzerland.

He took up the conductor's baton in the 1970s and steadily increased his activity in that sphere, becoming principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London (1981), music director of the Royal Philharmonic of London (1987), principal guest conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra (1987), and chief conductor of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (1989). Between 1998 and 2003, he was the Czech Philharmonic's chief conductor, and he took up leadership of Japan's NHK Symphony Orchestra in the 2004-2005 season, while continuing as music director of the European Union Youth Orchestra. With the end of the Soviet Union, he has made triumphant return concerts in Russia.

His piano playing is bright and incisive, with clear articulation and intellectual depth that does not interfere with the production of warm feeling. He has exceptional control over tone color. Although he possesses a considerable degree of sheer strength, his excellent playing in delicate passages creates the dominant impression. His repertoire is wide-ranging, and he has recorded most of it, from Haydn to the works of the first half of the twentieth century. He has made particularly valuable recordings of the complete piano works of Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin. Other excellent series include music of Brahms, Liszt, and the complete Prokofiev concertos. As a conductor, he is highly effective in Russian music, particularly in Prokofiev, and has made the leading recording of that composer's Romeo and Juliet. He has made his own orchestration of Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and recorded the work in that highly effective version, in Gortchakov's orchestration, and in its original form as a piano solo. He remains active in both careers. Read less
Eloquence - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 & 4 / Ashkenazy
Release Date: 04/10/2001   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 1153917   Number of Discs: 1
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Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Ashkenazy
Release Date: 01/19/1993   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 436389   Number of Discs: 2
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Favourite Beethoven / Vladimir Ashkenazy
Release Date: 01/19/1993   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 436380   Number of Discs: 2
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Beethoven: Sonatas
Release Date: 04/11/2006   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 000624602   Number of Discs: 1
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Ovation - Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas / Perlman, Ashkenazy
Release Date: 09/10/2002   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 421453   Number of Discs: 4
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Biography

Born: July 6, 1937   Country: Russia  
Vladimir Ashkenazy's father was a professional pianist, but he never taught his son. It was his mother who found Ashkenazy his first teacher at age six. His father was a non-observant Russian Jew, and his mother was a Russian of Eastern Orthodox faith. After his debut in Moscow at the tender age of eight, Ashkenazy was subsequently put on track for a musical career and enrolled in Moscow's Central Music School. His regular piano teacher there was Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Ouverture
2. Courante
3. Gavotte I-II
4. Passepied I-II
5. Sarabande
6. Bourrée I-II
7. Gigue
8. Echo
Aria
Variatio I. Largo
Variatio II
Variatio III
Variatio IV. Allegro
Variatio V. Un poco allegro
Variatio VI. Andante
Variatio VII. Un poco allegro
Variatio VIII. Allegro
Variatio IX
Variatio X
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Presto
1. (Allegro)
2. Andante
3. Presto
No. 1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
No. 2. Lebhaft, leicht
No. 3. Rasch und mit Feuer
1. Moderato - Allegro vivace
2. Quasi variazione
3. Allegro risoluto
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6, Op.82 - 1. Allegro moderato
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6, Op.82 - 2. Allegretto
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6, Op.82 - 3. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6, Op.82 - 4. Vivace
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat, Op.83 - 1. Allegro inquieto - Andantino - Allegro inquieto - Andantino - Allegro inquieto
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat, Op.83 - 2. Andante caloroso - Poco piů animato - Piů largamente - un poco agitato - Tempo I
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat, Op.83 - 3. Precipitato
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat, Op.84 - 1. Andante dolce - Allegro moderato - Andante - Andante dolce come prima - Allegro
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat, Op.84 - 2. Andante sognando
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat, Op.84 - 3. Vivace - Allegro ben marcato - Andantino - Vivace
1. Nocturne
2. Valse
3. Barcarolle
4. Mélodie
5. Humoreske
6. Romanze
7. Mazurka
Nocturne in F
Nocturne in C Minor
Nocturne in F Sharp Minor
1. Romance
2. Prelude
3. Mélodie
4. Gavotte
1. Allegro moderato - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio - Piů adagio - Presto
3. Allegro molto
1. Allegretto
2. Adagio religioso
3. Allegro vivace
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole - Arr. 2 Pianos by Ravel - 1. Prélude ŕ la nuit
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole - Arr. 2 Pianos by Ravel - 2. Malagueńa
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole - Arr. 2 Pianos by Ravel - 3. Habanera
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole - Arr. 2 Pianos by Ravel - 4. Feria
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 3. Allegro con fuoco
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 1. Adagio sostenuto
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 3. Presto
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 2. Adagio cantabile
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 1. Allegro assai
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 3. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Barcarole
2. A Night for Love
3. Tears
4. Russian Easter
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Theme
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 1: Moderato
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 2: Allegro
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 3.
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 4.
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 5: Meno mosso
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 6. Meno mosso
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 7. Allegro
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 8.
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 9.
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 10. Piů vivo
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 11. Lento
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 12. Moderato
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 13. Largo
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 14. Moderato
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 15. Allegro scherzando
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 16. Lento
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 17. Grave
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 18. Piů mosso
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 19. Allegro vivace
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 20. Presto
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 21. Andante
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin - Variation 22. Maestoso
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.28 - 1. Allegro moderato
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.28 - 2. Lento
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.28 - 3. Allegro molto
I. Largo - Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Allegretto
1. Praeludium
2. Allemande
3. Corrente
4. Sarabande
5. Menuet I
6. Menuet II
7. Giga
1. Sinfonia (Grave adagio - Andante)
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Rondeaux
6. Capriccio
1. Fantasia
2. Allemande
3. Corrente
4. Sarabande
5. Burlesca
6. Scherzo
7. Gigue
1. Overture
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Aria
5. Sarabande
6. Menuet
7. Gigue
1. Praeambulum
2. Allemande
3. Corrente
4. Sarabande
5. Tempo di minuetto
6. Passepied
7. Gigue
1. Toccata
2. Allemande
3. Corrente
4. Air
5. Sarabande
6. Tempo di gavotta
7. Gigue
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 1. Allegro affettuoso
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 3. Allegro vivace
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9 - 1. Préambule
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9 - Pierrot-Arlequin-Valse noble
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9 - Eusebius-Florestan
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9 - Coquette-Replique-Papillons
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9 - ASCH-SCHA-Chiarina-Chopin-Estrella
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9 - Reconnaissance-Pantalon et Colombine
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9 - Valse allemande-Paganini-Aveu-Promenade
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9 - Pause-Marche des Davidsbundler contre les Philistins
Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - Einfach - Sehr rasch und leicht
Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - 3. Hastig
Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - Einfach und zart - Intermezzo
Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - 6. Innig
Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - 7. Sehr lebhaft
Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - 8. Finale
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 1. Des Abends
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 2. Aufschwung
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 3. Warum?
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 4. Grillen
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 5. In der Nacht
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 6. Fabel
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 7. Traumes-Wirren
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 8. Ende vom Lied
Schumann: Piano Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - 1. So rasch wie möglich - Schneller - Noch schneller
Schumann: Piano Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - 2. Andantino
Schumann: Piano Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - 3. Scherzo (Sehr rasch und markiert)
Schumann: Piano Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - 4. Rondo (Presto - Etwas langsamer - Prestissimo, quasi cadenza - Immer schneller und schneller)
Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 - 1. Allegro (Vivace assai)
Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 - 2. Romanze (Piuttosto lento)
Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 - 3. Scherzino
Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 - 4. Intermezzo (Colla piů grande energia)
Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 - 5. Finale (Il piů vivace possibile)
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - Stücklein I: Nicht schnell, mit Innigkeit
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - Stücklein II: Sehr rasch
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - Stücklein III: Frisch
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - Albumblätter I: Ziemlich langsam, sehr gesangvoll
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - Albumblätter II: Schnell
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - Albumblätter III: Ziemlich langsam, sehr gesangvoll
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - Albumblätter IV. Sehr langsam
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - Albumblätter V. Langsam
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - 9. Novellette
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - 10. Praeludium
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - 11. Marsch
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - 12. Abendsmusik
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - 13. Scherzo
Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op.99 - 14. Geschwindmarsch
Schumann: Nachtstücke, Op.23 - 1. Mehr langsam, oft zurückhaltend
Schumann: Nachtstücke, Op.23 - 2. Markiert und lebhaft
Schumann: Nachtstücke, Op.23 - 3. Mit grosser Lebhaftigkeit
Schumann: Nachtstücke, Op.23 - 4. Einfach
Schumann: 3 Romanzen, Op.28 - No. 1 in B flat minor (Sehr markiert)
Schumann: 3 Romanzen, Op.28 - No. 2 in F sharp (Einfach)
Schumann: 3 Romanzen, Op.28 - No. 3 in B (Sehr markiert)
No. 1. Mein Lied ertont, ein Liebespsalm (I chant my lay, a hymn of love)
No. 2. Ei, wie mein Triangel wunderherrlich lautet (Hark, how my triangle)
No. 3. Rings ist der Wald so stumm und still (Silent and lone the woods around)
No. 4. Als die alte Mutter (Songs My Mother Taught Me)
No. 5. Reingestimmt die Saiten (Tune the strings, oh gypsy)
No. 6. In dem weiten, breiten, luft'gen Leinenkleide (In his wide and ample, airy linen vesture)
No. 7. Horstet hoch der Habicht auf den Felsenhohen (Cloudy hieghts of Tatra)
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 1. in C major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 2. in A minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 3. in G major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 4. in E minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 5. in D major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 6. in B minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 7. in A major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 8. in F sharp minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 9. in E major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 10. in C sharp minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 11. in B major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 12. in G sharp minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 13. in F sharp major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 14. in E flat minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 15. in D flat major ("Raindrop")
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 16. in B flat minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 17. in A flat major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 18. in F minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 19. in E flat major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 20. in C minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 21. in B flat major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 22. in G minor
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 23. in F major
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 24. in D minor
Chopin: Nocturne No.1 in B Flat Minor, Op.9 No.1
Chopin: Nocturne No.2 in E flat, Op.9 No.2
Chopin: Nocturne No.3 in B, Op.9 No.3
Chopin: Nocturne No.4 in F, Op.15 No.1
Chopin: Nocturne No.5 in F sharp, Op.15 No.2
Chopin: Nocturne No.6 in G minor, Op.15 No.3
Chopin: Nocturne No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.1
Chopin: Nocturne No.8 in D Flat, Op.27 No.2
Chopin: Nocturne No.9 in B, Op.32 No.1
Chopin: Nocturne No.10 in A flat, Op.32 No.2
Chopin: Nocturne No.11 in G minor, Op.37 No.1
Chopin: Nocturne No.12 in G, Op.37 No.2


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