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Arcadi Volodos: Bio

The 1990s saw the young Russian pianist Arcady Volodos appear spectacularly on the international concert scene, rapidly rising to become one of the leading keyboard stars of the time.

His whole career developed with unusual rapidity. He studied music in his home town of Leningrad, concentrating on voice and conducting. His piano studies at that time were geared towards the standard useful command of the keyboard that is usually required of a conductor. However in 1987, teachers began to notice his special gifts at the piano, and he moved into the serious piano training courses at Leningrad Conservatory.

He then transferred to the Moscow Conservatory for studies with Galina Egiazarova, which were followed by private studies in Paris with Jacques Rouvier and in Madrid with the Russian pianist Dmitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia.

His 1996 debut in New York was a spectacular triumph. He rapidly received bookings with the major orchestras and conductors of the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

He signed an exclusive contract with Sony Classical. His first recording for the label--titled "Volodos"--was one of the most honored debut recordings in history, receiving the German Record Critics Award, the French Choc du Monde de la Music, Classic CD's Disc of the Year award, and Gramophone magazine's Editors' Choice designation.

His second Sony Classical recording was of his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in New York. Following the debut, the newspapers and musical journals were unsparing in their praise of his playing, calling him a "phenomenon" and a "genius of the piano." Sony's live recording was also a best seller and prizewinner. Among its awards are the Echo Klassik Preis 1999, the German Record Critics Award, and the Gramophone Award for Best Instrumental Recording of 1999. Gramophone ranked him as "among the world's master pianists" and called him "a virtuoso for whom even the most fiercely applied difficulties simply to not exist. ... "

His third release, appearing in the autumn of 2000, is of the Rachmaninov Third Piano Concerto (one of the most difficult in the repertory, with James Levine conducting.

At that time Volodos was scheduled to appear with the Oslo Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra with such conductors as Paavo Järvi, James DePreist, David Zinman, and Lawrence Foster, and, in November 2000, a major recital tour of the U.S.

1 Brahms - Intermezzo in E-Flat Minor  
2 Brahms - Romanze in F Major  
3 Brahms - Intermezzo in F Minor  
4 Brahms - Ballade in G Minor  
5 Brahms - Intermezzo in A Major  
6 Brahms - Intermezzo in A Minor  
7 Brahms - Andante con moto  
8 Brahms - Andante non troppo e con molto espressione  
9 Brahms - Andante moderato  
10 Brahms - Intermezzo in B-Flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4  
11 Brahms - Intermezzo in A-Flat Major, Op. 76, No. 3  
12 Brahms - Capriccio in B Minor, Op. 76, No. 2  
13 Brahms - Capriccio in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 76, No. 1  
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Arcadi Volodos plays Bill Evans

Four years after his last album, outstanding pianist Arcadi Volodos explores Brahms's late works for the piano. In terms of their personally coloured intimacy and compactness the three collections of piano pieces op. 76, op. 117 and op. 118 are in Volodos's view among the greatest works ever written. "These are manifestly masterpieces," finds Arcadi Volodos. For him Brahms's late piano pieces are among the greatest works in the history of music. "By this stage of his career Brahms had already demonstrated his complete mastery of every large-scale form: he had written symphonies, concertos and sonatas. But now he turned to a miniature format and poured all of his experience into it. His style was now uncommonly compact and at the same time supremely personal. I find that very moving."

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