“…rare to find, the very highest levels of musical talent living alongside the deepest genuine humility.” Gramophone
Eighty-year old legendary concert-pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy is applauded as one of the most revered musicians of our time, with a career spanning over fifty years of music-making both at the keyboard and in front of the orchestra.
Conducting has formed the largest part of Vladimir Ashkenazy’s activities for the past 30 years. He is the Conductor Laureate of the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony and NHK Symphony orchestras. From 2000 to 2015, he was Music Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra; and from 2009 to 2013, he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He maintains strong links with major orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and makes guest appearances with leading ensembles all over the world.
Ashkenazy maintains his devotion to the piano, these days mostly in the recording studio, where he continues to build his extraordinarily comprehensive recording catalogue. Spring 2013 saw the release of ‘Ashkenazy: 50 Years on Decca’ – a 50-CD box-set celebrating Ashkenazy’s long standing relationship with Decca Classics. In 2014, Decca also released a milestone collection of Ashkenazy’s vast catalogue of Rachmaninov’s piano music, which also includes all of his recordings as a conductor of the composer’s orchestral music.