Oxana Yablonskaya

Biography

Born: December 6, 1938; Moscow, Russia  
Oxana Yablonskaya is one of a number of hugely talented expatriate Russian pianists to have emerged from the post-World War II era. Yablonskaya possesses an all-encompassing technique and vast repertory that takes in works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and many others. She has made numerous recordings throughout her career, including for Melodiya, Naxos, Read more Connoisseur Society, and Classical Records.

Yablonskaya was born in Moscow, Russia, on December 6, 1938. A gifted child pianist, she studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Alexander Goldenweiser. She had later studies with Tatiana Nikolayeva. In the 1960s Yablonskaya captured prizes at three major competitions: the Jacques Long-Thibaud (1963), the Rio de Janeiro (1965), and the Vienna Beethoven (1969). Despite numerous concert invitations from abroad, however, the Soviet government forbade her from performing outside Eastern Bloc borders.

Frustrated in her career, Yablonskaya applied for a U.S. visa in 1975 and was subsequently stripped of her professorship at the Moscow Conservatory and denied all concert engagements. In 1977, thanks in great part to a petition signed by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, Katharine Hepburn, and other notables, Yablonskaya emigrated to the United States with her father and son, Dmitry. Her son would become the renowned conductor and cellist Dmitry Yablonsky, with whom she would make several recordings.

Later on in 1977 Yablonskaya gave critically acclaimed concerts at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall before capacity crowds. She regularly concertized thereafter, appearing in both recitals and as a soloist with major symphony orchestras across the U.S. and Europe. She soon began making recordings in the U.S., producing three highly praised albums for the Connoisseur Society label that featured music of Beethoven, Liszt, Mussorgsky, and Prokofiev. The Liszt recording was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque by the International Liszt Society.

From 1983 Yablonskaya has served on the faculty at Juilliard. In 1990 she created a near-sensation in her former homeland, giving several sold-out concerts and conducting master classes at the Moscow Conservatory. With the appearance in 1995 of volume one of the piano music of Tchaikovsky, Yablonskaya launched a series of highly successful recordings for the Naxos label.

In 2004, Yamaha engaged Yablonskaya to serve as an artistic advisor for master classes in New York and to conduct yearly master classes in Paris. Yablonskaya established her own piano institute in 2008 at Castelnuove di Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy. Read less
Tchaikovsky: Piano Music Vol 1 / Oxana Yablonskaya
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553063   Number of Discs: 1
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Liszt: Complete Piano Music Vol 5 / Oxana Yablonskaya
Release Date: 10/05/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553062   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: Piano Music Vol 2 / Oxana Yablonskaya
Release Date: 01/19/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553330   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    My First Classical Albums
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8509003 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Jürgen Schuster,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Éder String Quartet,  Danubius String Quartet,  German Wind Soloists  ... 
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    My First Tchaikovsky Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578214 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya,  Maria Kliegel,  Joseph Banowetz,  Ilona Prunyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Philippe Entremont,  Gerhard Markson,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
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    Liszt - His Life & Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558214-15 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Kemal Gekic,  Oxana Yablonskaya,  Diego Fasolis,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Crivellaro,  Michael Halász,  Diego Fasolis
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    Easy-listening Piano Classics: Schubert
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578099-101 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Zsuzsa Kollár,  Oxana Yablonskaya,  Sequeira Costa  ... 
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    Chopin: Funeral March Sonata, Op 35, Etc / Oxana Yablonskaya
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4258 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
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    Oxana Yablonskaya Plays Mussorgsky And Prokofiev
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4257 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
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    Liszt: Complete Piano Music Vol 5 / Oxana Yablonskaya
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553062 Release Date: 10/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
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    Orchestral Works Vol 14 - Glazunov: Piano Concertos 1 & 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553928 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Music Vol 2 / Oxana Yablonskaya
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553330 Release Date: 01/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
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    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 17, 21 & 28 / Oxana Yablonskaya
    Label: Pro Piano   Catalog: 224516 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
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    Khachaturian: Piano Concerto, Etc / Yablonskaya, Yablonsky
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550799 Release Date: 04/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Yablonskaya Plays Rachmaninoff
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4194 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Music Vol 1 / Oxana Yablonskaya
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553063 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
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