Vladimir Feltsman

Biography

Country: Russia  
Internationally known as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Vladimir Feltsman has performed works from Johann Sebastian Bach and such Russian composers as Alfred Schnittke and Nikolai Karentnikov. He has performed with all the major American orchestras and worked with conductors Dennis Russell Davies, Andre Previn and Zubin Mehta.

Vladimir Feltsman was born in Moscow in 1952 and developed his love for music at a young age.
Read more His public debut was at the age of 12, when he performed as a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He won first prize at the Concertina International Competition in Prague at 15, an award that later led him to enroll in the Moscow Conservatory. After winning first prize at the Marguerite Long Competition in Paris, he felt he was ready to perform with the major Soviet orchestras and at music festivals in the USSR. During this time, Feltsman performed recitals in Eastern Europe, France, Italy, Belgium and Japan.

In the summer of 1987, Feltsman arrived in the United States after finally receiving permission to leave the Soviet Union. The PBS television documentary Journey From Home: Vladimir Feltsman in Moscow recounts his return to Moscow after being banned from the concert halls and a heartfelt reunion with his parents. He has also been seen on such national television programs as 60 Minutes, CBS This Morning, the Today Show, PBS' Live From Lincoln Center and The McLaughlin Group.

Aside from doing live concerts and recitals, Feltsman has also made several recordings. On the MusicMasters label, he has made five CDs of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, including The Art of Fugue, and a disc of the final Beethoven sonatas, Op. 190, 110 and 111. His recordings also include a live performance at the Moscow Conservatory of the Goldberg Variations and a release in April 1996 titled The Well Tempered Clavier Book II.

Since his arrival in the United States, Vladimir Feltsman has performed with all the major American orchestras as well as the London Symphony and the NHK of Japan. During the 1996-97 season, he performed with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of conductor Kurt Masur. His recitals and concerts include works from Bach as well as new contemporary music. Feltsman's repertoire concentrates on music from the German tradition but does not fail to include other new genres. His vibrant, individualistic style of interpretations has made Feltsman an internationally known and respected pianist. Read less
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Vladimir Feltsman
Release Date: 04/08/2014   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 6257   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Bach: Partitas / Vladimir Feltsman
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 15042 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
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  • 27.
    Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky / Vladimr Feltsman
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 20051 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
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  • 28.
    Chopin: Preludes Op 28 / Vladimir Feltsman
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39966 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
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  • 29.
    Liszt - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64596 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Kazune Shimizu,  Vladimir Feltsman,  Emanuel Ax,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Seiji Ozawa,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Movies - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66709 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  William Byrd,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Vladimir Feltsman,  Nina Stemme,  Adriana Morelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Leonard Bernstein,  Zubin Mehta,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Canadian Brass  ... 
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  • 31.
    Greatest Hits - Rachmaninov
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64056 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Ruth Laredo,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Emanuel Ax,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Lazar Gosman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Feltsmann, Tilson Thomas
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44818 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos 1 & 3 / Feltsman, Rostropovich
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45756 Release Date: 07/26/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
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