Vladimir Ashkenazy Announces Retirement
Updated: Feb 14
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The pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy has announced that he is retiring with immediate effect. One of few performers to combine a successful career as a pianist and conductor, Russian-born Vladimir Ashkenazy inherited his musical gift from both sides of his family; his father David Ashkenazy was a professional light music pianist and his mother Evstolia (née Plotnova) was the daughter of a chorus master in the Russian Orthodox Church. Ashkenazy first came to prominence on the world stage at the 1955 Chopin Competition in Warsaw and as 1 st prize-winner at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 1956. Since then he has built an extraordinary career, not only as one of the most outstanding pianists of the 20 th century, but as an artist whose creative life encompasses a vast range of activities and who continues to offer inspiration to music-lovers across the world. Conducting has formed the larger part of Ashkenazy’s activities for the past thirty years.
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