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VLADIMIR DAVIDOVICH ASHKENAZY - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1989 - HFSID 172224

VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY Renowned Russian pianist signs 1989 program from the San Francisco Symphony, of which he was a featured performer Program signed: "V. Ashkenazy" in black ink. 54 pages, 5½x9 program for the San Francisco Symphony, of which Ashkenazy was the featured pianist for May 1989.

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VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY
Renowned Russian pianist signs 1989 program from the San Francisco Symphony, of which he was a featured performer
Program signed: "V. Ashkenazy" in black ink. 54 pages, 5½x9 program for the San Francisco Symphony, of which Ashkenazy was the featured pianist for May 1989. Vladimir Ashkenazy (b. 1937) was a famed international conductor and pianist; born in the city of Gorky in Soviet Union Russia to David Ashkenazi, who was also a pianist and conductor, and actress Yevstolia Grigorievna. He began playing piano at the age of six, and eventually made his way up to the Moscow Conservatory where he played with the likes of Lev Oborin and Boris Zemliansky. He won second place in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, first prize in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels in 1956, and shared first prize in the 1962 International Tchaikovsky Competition. Like many students of that period, Ashkenazy was harassed by the KGB to become an informer, and despite pressures from authorities, he did not really cooperate; in 1961 he married an Icelandic-born musician, and in 1963 decided to leave the USSR permanently for Iceland where he became a citizen in 1972. His piano repertoire includes classical works of Chopin, Schumann, Mozart, and Beethoven winning 6 Grammy Awards; mid-way through his career Ashkenazy turned to conducting, and has led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1987-1994), the Czech Philharmonic (1998-2003), and serves as the conductor laureate of the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, and the musical director of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Most recently he has worked as chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony orchestra (2009-2013). Creased throughout. Edges worn. Corners rounded. Otherwise, fine condition.

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