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Special Interview Music: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Interview XecutivesVladimir Ashkenazy, born in 1937, one of the most celebrated and recorded active pianists and conductors, has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning more than 5 decades. Over the past 30 years Vladimir Ashkenazy has focused on conducting, which has brought him together with great orchestras – e.g. London Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - and great musicians from all over the world. Vladimir Ashkenazy studied at the Moscow Central School of Music before entering the Moscow Conservatory in 1955. The same year he won second price at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. One year later he won first prize at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition. In 1963, Ashkenazy emigrated to London. He became a citizen of Iceland in 1972, homeland of his wife, Thorunn Johannsdottir, a pianist as well. In this interview with Christian Dueblin, Vladimir Ashkenazy talks about the example of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in discussing the difficult situation of creative artists during the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union of the Forties and Fifties. He explains the intuitive identification with music and spiritual approach that enable him to interpret important composers in a way their work was meant to be understood. Ashkenazy shows his recognition and appreciation for jazz and folk music in general. His profound comments about his own musical gift, and a spiritual comprehension of music's significance beyond words, afford us a great insight into the life of a talented and deeply reflective artist.  > The interview...

 

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