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Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir AshkenazyE. Sakata

Among the foremost musical figures of our time, Vladimir Ashkenazy was born in Gorky in 1937. He began playing the piano at the age of six. He has built an extraordinary career, not only as one of the most renowned and revered pianists of our times, but as an artist whose creative life encompasses a vast range of activities and continues to offer inspiration to music-lovers across the world.

Conducting has formed the largest part of his activities for the past years. Formerly Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic (1998–2003) and Music Director of NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo (2004–7), from 2009 to 2013 he has served as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, collaborating on a number of exciting projects including composer festivals, major recording projects and international touring activities.

Alongside these positions, Ashkenazy has continued his longstanding relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra of which he was appointed Conductor Laureate in 2000. In addition to his performances with the orchestra in London and around the UK each season, he appears with them worldwide and has developed landmark projects such as Prokofiev and Shostakovich under Stalin in 2003 and Rachmaninov Revisited in 2002.

He maintains strong links with a number of other major orchestras, including The Cleveland Orchestra (of which he was formerly Principal Guest Conductor) and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Chief Conductor and Music Director 1988–96), as well as making guest appearances with many other major orchestras around the world.

Featuring an extensive repertoire that ranges from Bach to Bartók, Vladimir Ashkenazy’s discography comprises a vast number of recordings, many of which have been crowned with prizes. 

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Symphony No. 2, Live in Concert

Symphony No. 2, Live in Concert

Philharmonia Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Symphony No. 1, Live in Concert

Symphony No. 1, Live in Concert

Philharmonia Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Cello Cto Op.129 / Cello Cto Op.104, Silent Woods

Cello Cto Op.129 / Cello Cto Op.104, Silent Woods

Jamie Walton / Philharmonia Orchestra / Ashkenazy

Robert Schumann, Antonín Dvořák
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