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Vladimir Feltsman - Piano

Pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman is one of the most versatile and constantly interesting musicians of our time. His vast repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque to 20th-century composers. A regular guest soloist with leading symphony orchestras in the United States and abroad, he appears in the most prestigious concert series and music festivals all over the world.

In June of 2009, Mr. Feltsman returns to Singapore to perform a recital and to Avery Fisher Hall where he performs the Rachmaninoff Variations on a Theme of Paganini with the New York Philharmonic. In July of this year, he opens the Hollywood Bowl Festival performing Prokofieff’s 2nd Piano Concerto and plays a recital in the Caramoor Music Festival in upstate New York. He makes his annual visit to the Aspen Music Festival performing Mozart K. 491 in July and Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach in August. In 9/10 he returns to Carnegie’s Stern Hall in recital, his fourth recital there since 2004 and also to Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and Washington, DC’s Strathmore Performing Arts Center. He is performing Tchaikowsky 1st Concerto in Beijing and the Paganini Variations of Rachmaninoff in London with the London Symphony Orchestra. 9/10 Mr. Feltsmana returns to his native Moscow to conduct the Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra and to St. Petersburg performing Brahms Second Piano Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra. His 2009-10 season includes recitals for the Detroit Chamber Music Society, the University of Illinois Urbana, Tilles Center at Long Island University and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. He performs the Emperor Concerto with the Kansas City Symphony, and in September of 2009, he performs Mozart’s Concerto K595 on his own fortepiano with the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Highlights of his 08-09 season included performances of Prokofiev’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in New York’s Lincoln Center, Chicago, and Paris, concerts with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony and the Orchestre de Paris under Michael Tilson Thomas, and recitals in New York and Chicago. He also played with and conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. During the summer of 2008, Mr. Feltsman appeared at the Aspen, Ravinia, and La Jolla music festivals.

Mr. Feltsman’s 2007-2008 season included concerts in Japan, performances with San Francisco symphony, playing Bach and Schnittke concertos in Carnegie Hall and both Brahms concertos in Seattle. In April of 2008, he returned to his native Russia for a special event in Moscow at which he performed concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff in one evening.

Mr. Feltsman expressed his lifelong devotion to the music of J.S. Bach in a cycle of concerts which presented the major clavier works of the composer and spanned four consecutive seasons (1992-1996) at the 92nd Street Y in New York. His more recent project, Masterpieces of the Russian Underground, unfolded a panorama of Russian contemporary music through an unprecedented survey of piano and chamber works by fourteen different composers from Shostakovich to the present day and was presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in January 2003 with great success. Mr. Feltsman served as Artistic Director for this project as well as performing in most of the pieces presented during the three concert cycle. The programs included a number of world and North American premieres and were also presented in Portland, Oregon and in Tucson, Arizona at the University of Arizona. In the fall of 2006, Mr. Feltsman performed all of the Mozart Piano Sonatas in New York at the Mannes School of Music and NYU’s Tisch Center presented by New School on a specially built replica of the Walter fortepiano.

Born in Moscow in 1952, Mr. Feltsman debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic at age 11. In 1969, he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Music to study piano under the guidance of Professor Jacob Flier. He also studied conducting at both the Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatories. In 1971, Mr. Feltsman won the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris; extensive touring throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and Japan followed this.

In 1979, because of his growing discontent with the restrictions on artistic freedom under the Soviet regime, Mr. Feltsman signaled his intention to emigrate by applying for an exit visa. In response, he was immediately banned from performing in public and his recordings were suppressed. After eight years of virtual artistic exile, he was finally granted permission to leave the Soviet Union. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1987, Mr. Feltsman was warmly greeted at the White House, where he performed his first recital in North America. That same year, his debut at Carnegie Hall established him as a major pianist on the American and international scene.

A dedicated educator of young musicians, Mr. Feltsman holds the Distinguished Chair of Professor of Piano at the State University of New York, New Paltz, and is a member of the piano faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the International Festival-Institute PianoSummer at SUNY New Paltz, a three-week-long, intensive training program for advanced piano students that attracts major young talents from all over the world.

Mr. Feltsman’s extensive discography has been released on the Melodiya, Sony Classical, Music Masters, and Camerata, Tokyo labels. His discography includes eight albums of clavier works of J.S. Bach, recordings of Beethoven’s last five piano sonatas, solo piano works of Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Messiaen and Silvestrov, as well as concerti by Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. Mr. Feltsman is an American citizen and lives in upstate New York.

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