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Pianist and Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy

Annie Corrigan interviews pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, renowned for his performances of Romantic and Russian composers.

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Photo: Scott Witzke

Vladimir Ashkenazy

I never had an idea that I would conduct—absolutely never. It just happened. I’m very happy that I can do both—play the piano and conduct.

Vladimir Ashkenazy has made recordings of the complete piano works of Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin.

As a conductor, he maintains links with a number of major orchestras with whom he has built relationships over the years, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin.

He is currently principal conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra.

  • Yelena

    Vladimir is a fantastic pianist! I grew up on his Chopin interpretations.

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