Vladimir Ashkenazy

Piano

Schubert Club Performances:

  • November 1, 1962
  • February 6, 1974
  • May 3, 1987
  • March 23, 1990

Vladimir Ashkenazy

In the late 1950s and early 60s, a phenomenal young Russian pianist was winning competitions and grabbing worldwide attention. By the time Vladimir Ashkenazy emigrated to the West in 1963 with his Icelandic wife and children, the Schubert Club had already engaged him. The high point of that first St. Paul recital was witnessing his awesome command of Chopin Etudes. Here we see him live (at first, backstage with his wife), tearing into the first of the series at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp:

Ashkenazy played Beethoven’s late E major Sonata, Op. 109, in his second Schubert Club recital in 1974. This is a live performance of the work filmed later in Lugano:

There is an enthralling 50-minute film documentary about this great pianist/conductor titled Vladimir Ashkenazy: The Vital Juices are Russian:

Among its highlights are Ashkenazy playing the duet version of The Rite of Spring with Daniel Barenboim, performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the young Edo de Waart in Rotterdam, recording the Franck Violin Sonata with Itzhak Perlman and some charming family scenes in stunning Icelandic landscapes. Highly recommended viewing.

Artist note by Richard Evidon

From the Schubert Club Archive:

Ashkenazy 1962-63 Season Preview

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Ashkenazy, 1962 Ad with Pioneer Press clipping

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Ashkenazy 1962 program cover

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Ashkenazy 1974 Management promo

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Ashkenazy 1974 Management promo 2nd page

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Ashkenazy signed photo 1987

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Program from Ashkenazy’s 1987 concert

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Ashkenazy playing a pianoforte in the Schubert Club Music Museum during his visit in 1987

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Program from Ashkenazy’s 1990 concert

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Invitation to the private reception following Ashkenazy’s 1990 concert

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Review of Ashkenazy’s 1990 performance in the Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Review of Ashkenazy’s 1990 performance in the St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch

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Ashkenazy and his wife Thórunn Jóhannsdóttir visiting the home of Julie McGregor in 1990 [1]

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Ashkenazy browsing magazines in the home of Julie McGregor in 1990

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Ashkenazy and his wife Thórunn Jóhannsdóttir visiting the home of Julie McGregor in 1990 [2]

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