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Vladimir Ashkenazy (b7/06/1937)

Ashkenazy’s father was a musician. At eight Ashkenazy was enrolled at the Central Music School in Moscow where he studied piano with Anaida Sumbatyan for the next ten years. During his student years he gave many public performances and at the age of seventeen won second prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. At eighteen Ashkenazy joined the piano class of Lev Oborin at the Moscow Conservatory, in the same year winning first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and touring East and West Germany. The next year Ashkenazy was sent on a tour of North America, making his Carnegie Hall debut in October 1958, and after post-graduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory he was instructed by Soviet officials to enter the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He won joint first prize with John Ogdon and later that year toured America again, sealing his reputation.

Ashkenazy made his London debut with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major Op. 15 and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op. 83. Although he kept his Soviet passport for another nine years, Ashkenazy settled in London and later in Iceland, the homeland of his wife. During the 1960s and 1970s he had a high-profile, extremely successful performing and recording career, appearing throughout the world in Europe, Australia, Japan, China, South Africa, North America and Canada. From the early 1970s he has also conducted and held many posts with international orchestras.

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