Piano Virtuoso Arcadi Volodos Performs At Emory
Arcadi Volodos, the 29-year-old Russian piano virtuoso hailed by critics for his combination of technical skill and eloquent musicality, will perform at Emory University on Wednesday, Oct. 17 as part of the Candler Concert Series. A critic with The Baltimore Sun called Volodos "the most phenomenal pianistic talent to hit the scene since Evgeny Kissin" following his March concert there. For tickets or information, call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite beginning serious training on the piano relatively late at age 15, Volodos has quickly risen to the ranks of the top pianists in the world. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Galina Egiazarova, the Paris Conservatory with Jacques Rouvier, and in Madrid at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia with Dimitri Bashkirov.
Volodos made his successful American debut in December 1996 performing Rachmaninovs Piano Concerto No. 2 with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston and at Carnegie Hall, then made his Tanglewood debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 1997. That same year Volodos released his first recording as an exclusive Sony Classical artist, a compilation of piano transcriptions that garnered several awards and distinctions. Among the accolades were Classic CDs Disc of the Year, the German Record Critics Award, the Choc du Monde de la Musique and the highest ratings from BBC Music Magazine and Repertoire.
On Oct. 21, 1998, Volodos made his Carnegie Hall recital debut, recorded and released as "Arcadi Volodos Live at Carnegie Hall." Among the discs many awards are the German Record Critics Award, the Echo Klassik Preis, Gramophones Editors Choice, and Gramophones award for the Best Instrumentalist of the Year (1999).
Volodos has toured extensively in the last three years. He has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Lorin Maazel, the Philadelphia Orchestra and David Zinman and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin. He has performed under the baton of Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Guennadi Roshdestvensky and Michael Tilson Thomas. The recording of his 1999 debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, under the direction of Levine, was released last year, including Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 3 and various solo pieces by Rachmaninoff. The disc was nominated for a Grammy Award.
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