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On Wednesday 10 April 2013, the Fryderyk Chopin Museum was visited by the world-famous pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, runner-up in the Fifth International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1955) winner of the International Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition in Brussels and winner of the Second International Pyotr Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1962).

Since the late 60s, Ashkenazy has pursued an international career as a solo pianist, chamber pianist and conductor, appearing in the leading centres of the musical world.

As a pianist, besides his participation in the Warsaw competition, he has given concerts in Poland in 1957, 1958 and 2000. He has also conducted the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra several times, and on 10 April 2013 he directed the European Union Youth Orchestra at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

For many years now, he has recorded for Decca, including nearly all the works of Chopin, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, as well as several dozen piano, chamber and symphonic works ranging from Bach to contemporary composers. On the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death, he gave a masterclass for young pianists in Berlin (1999) devoted to the interpretation of the brilliant Polish composer’s works. He has been a juror of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1990, final) and the International Géza Anda Piano Competition in Zurich (1982), among others.

A full biographical piece can be found on the NIFC website: www.chopin.nifc.pl/chopin