Vladimir Ashkenazy (Conductor)
Born: 6th July 1937, Gorky, Soviet Union
Nationality: Russian, Icelandic citizenship
Vladimir Ashkenazy is renowned for his performances of Romantic and Russian composers. He has recorded the complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich, Scriabin's sonatas, Chopin and Schumann's entire works for piano, Beethoven's piano sonatas, as well as the piano concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Bartók, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff. He has also performed and recorded chamber music. He continues to record and perform internationally.
Further Reading: Vladimir Ashkenazy
As the first instalment of a new symphonic cycle is released on Signum, the great pianist and conductor talks to Katherine about a composer and orchestra which have played a seminal role in his career.