Valery Afanassiev

Biography

Born: 1946; Moscow, Russia  
This extraordinary pianist studied the piano at the Moscow Conservatory with Emil Gilels and Yakov Zak. After winning the 1970 Reine Elisabeth (Queen Elizabeth) piano competition in Brussels, Afanassiev's international career took off. While touring Belgium, he made the difficult decision to seek political asylum, eventually becoming a Belgian citizen. Afanassiev's chief repertoire is primarily based around the Romantics. His recordings contain Read more music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Chopin, and others. He also performs in chamber music groups and has played with Gidon Kremer and Mischa Maisky. Afanassiev has also tried his hand at conducting and has modeled his performances around the great conductors Wilhelm Furtwängler, Willem Mengelberg, Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, and Hans Knappertsbusch.

Afanassiev has a second career as a writer, with a number of novels published and plays based on Modest Mussorgsky's piano cycle Pictures at an Exhibition and Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana to his name. Afanassiev resides in Versailles and concertizes worldwide. Read less
Browse 1-18 of 18 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    75 Years Ysaye & Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition [cd & Book]
    Label: Muso   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Pierre-Alain Volondat,  Wolfgang Manz,  Andrei Nikolsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz André,  Georgea Octors,  Edo De Waart,  Rene Defossez  ... 
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  • 2.
    Schubert: Moments Musicaux / Valery Afanassiev
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001761802 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Valery Afanassiev
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    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17626 Release Date: 04/26/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Karol Szymanowski,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Chee-Yun,  Valery Afanassiev,  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber,  János Starker  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Italiani,  Baroque Strings Zürich
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 1 - 5 / Afanassiev, Soudant
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 513 Release Date: 02/01/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Valery Afanassiev
    Conductor:  Hubert Soudant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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    Mozart: Kegelstatt-trio, Duos Fur Violine Und Viola
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415483 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Kim Kashkashian,  Valery Afanassiev
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    Schubert: Piano Sonata In B Flat Major / Valery Afanassiev
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 9462707 Release Date: 11/18/2008  
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Valery Afanassiev
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  • 7.
    Brahms, Busoni: Violin Sonatas / Kremer, Afanassiev
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423619 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Valery Afanassiev
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  • 8.
    Dreams: Classical Music For A Good Night's Sleep
    Label: Radiance Records   Catalog: 17682 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Béroff,  Shin-ichi Fukuda,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Valery Afanassiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Hans Stadlmair,  Jun'ichi Hirokami
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lunaire Ensemble
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    Romantic Piano: Classical Music For Intimate Moments
    Label: Radiance Records   Catalog: 17681 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Johannes Brahms,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Dalberto,  Michel Béroff,  Valery Afanassiev,  Yuji Takahashi  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
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  • 10.
    The Ultimate Most Relaxing Classical Piano Music
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17653 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Kyoko Tabe,  Yuji Takahashi,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Jacques Rouvier  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  George Malcolm,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Suk Piano Trio  ... 
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  • 11.
    The Ultimate Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17637 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Charles Gounod,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Konstantin Lifschitz,  Susanna Mildonian,  Maxence Larrieu,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Sir Charles Groves,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stravaganza Cologne,  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,  Zurich Baroque Strings  ... 
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    Bedtime Serenades - Tranquil Classics For Perfect Sleep
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17632 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Plančs,  Annerose Schmidt,  Konstantin Lifschitz,  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber  ... 
    Conductor:  Jorgen Ernst Hansen,  Sir Charles Groves,  James Judd,  Rudolf Baumgartner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Societas Musica Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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  • 13.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 1, 2 & 4 / Afanassiev, Et Al
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 344 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Valery Afanassiev
    Conductor:  Hubert Soudant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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    Gidon Kremer - Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms: Violin Sonatas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000204802 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Olivier Messiaen,  Leos Janácek,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Martha Argerich,  Valery Afanassiev
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 3 & 5 / Afanassiev, Et Al
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 311 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Valery Afanassiev
    Conductor:  Hubert Soudant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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    Schubert: Violin Works / Gidon Kremer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000001502 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Gabrielle Lester,  Richard Lester,  Diemut Poppen  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 17.
    Nightmoods - Intimate Conversations
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453905 Release Date: 08/12/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Ottomar Borwitzky,  Wolfram Christ,  Thomas Brandis,  Tamás Vásáry  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet,  Hagen String Quartet,  LaSalle String Quartet
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    Beethoven: Bagatelles / Afanassiev
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 72433 Release Date: 08/30/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Valery Afanassiev
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