We are delighted to announce that Vladimir Ashkenazy has agreed to join Valery Gergiev as a Patron of The Serge Prokofiev Association. An enthusiastic supporter of the Association's mission, he is one of its founding Life Members.
Vladimir Ashkenazy has been an active exponent of Prokofiev's works and has made many recordings both as conductor and pianist. These include all the piano concertos, symphonies no.1,5,6, and 7, Symphony-Concerto for Cello, Cinderella (complete ballet and excerpts for piano solo), Overture on Jewish Themes, Autumnal Sketch for small orchestra op.8, Waltz and Scherzo from The Love for Three Oranges, Piano Sonatas no. 6, 7 and 8, pieces for piano from Romeo and Juliet, Waltz from War and Peace for solo piano and Violin Sonatas no.1 and 2.
He studied piano in Moscow and won several major international prizes, culminating in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1962. He then spent three decades touring the great musical centres of the world, performing an ever-growing repertoire in recitals and concertos. During this time, he built up one of the largest and most comprehensive recording catalogues of our day, encompassing almost all the major works of the piano repertoire. Vladimir Ashkenazy continues to perform and record as pianist throughout Europe, Asia and America and won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance.
Since the 1970s, he became increasingly active as a conductor holding many principal positions with orchestras worldwide, from the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, to the Cleveland, Los Angeles and San Francisco orchestras, USA, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Since January 1998 he has spent much time devoting himself to a broad range of tours, recordings and special projects with the Czech Philharmonic as its Chief Conductor.
He continues to have a particularly close and rewarding relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra whom he led in the immensely successful Rachmaninov Festival at the South Bank Centre in London in May 1999, and projects planned for future seasons include a major series of concerts to mark the 50th anniversary of Prokofiev's death in 2003.