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Vladimir Feltsman

Pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman appears in concert series and music festivals all over the world. Recent appearances include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto at the summer festivals of Ravinia and Aspen, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and performances of Mozart’s Concerto K. 595 on his own fortepiano with the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. He makes his debut with Music of the Baroque in the January 2013 performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24.

In great demand as a recitalist, Vladimir Feltsman recently returned to Carnegie’s Stern Hall, and performed in Chicago, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Palm Beach, Fort Worth, Lincoln, Ann Arbor, Bogota, Philadelphia, Miami, Indianapolis, and Richmond. Other noteworthy appearances include performances of the complete Mozart piano sonatas in New York at the Mannes School of Music and NYU’s Tisch Center on a specially built replica of the Walter fortepiano.

Vladimir Feltsman served as artistic director and performer for “Masterpieces of the Russian Underground,” a panoramic view of Russian contemporary music by fourteen composers from Shostakovich to the present day. Presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the program included a number of world and North American premieres as well as performances in Portland and Tucson.

Vladimir Feltsman’s many recordings include music of J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Messiaen, Prokofiev, and Silvestrov on the Melodiya, Sony Classical, Musical Heritage Society, and Nimbus labels. His most recent release features music by Rachmaninov, including the Concerto No. 3.

Born in Moscow in 1952, Vladimir Feltsman made his debut with the Moscow Philharmonic at age eleven and studied piano and conducting at the Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatories. The restriction on artistic freedom under the Soviet regime led him to apply for an exit visa in 1979. He was immediately banned from performing in public, and spent the next eight years in virtual artistic exile. He was finally allowed to leave the Soviet Union in 1987, and made his first North American appearances at the White House and Carnegie Hall the same year.

A dedicated educator of young musicians, Vladimir Feltsman holds the Distinguished Chair of Professor of Piano at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and is a member of the piano faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. More information is available at

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