Vladimir Ashkenazy has agreed to be Honorary Chairman of the Greater Princeton Steinway Society. “It is a worthy cause. I hope I can be of help to your wonderful activities. Steinway is the only piano on which the pianist can do everything he wants and everything he dreams,” said Ashkenazy in accepting the chairmanship.
A premiere pianist, chamber musician and conductor, Ashkenazy graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and won top prizes in the Chopin, Queen Elisabeth, and Tchaikovsky competitions. A guest conductor, Ashkenazy has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Concertgebouw and Deutsche Symphonie. He recently conducted concerts in Carnegie Hall with the Deutsches Symphony-Orchestra Berlin, the Kennedy Center and at the Salzburg Festival. His many recordings with Decca Records include the complete sets of concertos and other works of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Scriabin. The Grove Dictionary of Music describes his pianism as, “the finest of the younger pianists. His playing combines intellectual probity with warmth and sincere feeling, and is marked by exceptional sensitivity to tone colour and delicacy of fingerwork.”