Arcadi Arcadievich Volodos (Russian: Аркадий Аркадьевич Володось, Arkadij Arkadjevich Volodos; born 24 February 1972) is a Russian-born French pianist. His first name is sometimes transliterated Arcady or Arkady.

Arcadi Volodos
Volodos at a concert in Basel
Volodos at a concert in Basel
Background information
Born (1972-02-24) 24 February 1972 (age 52)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
GenresClassical
Occupation(s)Pianist
InstrumentsPiano
LabelsSony Classical

Biography

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Born in Leningrad in 1972, he began his musical training studying voice, following the example of his parents, who were singers, and later shifted his emphasis to conducting while a student at the Glinka Chapel School and the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. Though he had played the piano from the age of eight, he did not devote himself to serious study of the instrument until 1987. His formal piano training took place at the Moscow Conservatory Music College with Galina Eguiazarova. Volodos also studied at the Paris Conservatory with Jacques Rouvier. In Madrid, he studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music with Dmitri Bashkirov and Galina Eguiazarova. He is of French nationality and resides in Spain with his wife and daughter.[1]

Despite the relative brevity of his formal studies, Volodos has rapidly moved into the elite pantheon of the world's most distinguished pianists.[2] Thomas Frost, the producer of many of Vladimir Horowitz's recordings, and producer of Volodos' recordings for Sony Classical, has said that Volodos "has everything: imagination, colour, passion and a phenomenal technique to carry out his ideas."

Volodos received the German award Echo Klassik as the best instrumentalist of 2003; he received the Gramophone Award for best instrumental recording in 1999 for Arcadi Volodos Live at Carnegie Hall, in 2010 for Volodos in Vienna, in 2014 for Volodos plays Mompou, and in 2018 for Volodos plays Brahms.

His "Concert Paraphrase on Mozart's Turkish March" has been recorded by several other pianists.[citation needed]

Recordings

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  • Volodos: Piano Transcriptions (1997), Sony Classical[3]
  • Volodos, Live at Carnegie Hall (Recorded October 21, 1998, released 1999), Sony Classical [4]
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Solo Piano Works (2000), Sony Classical [5]
  • Schubert: Solo Piano Works (2002), Sony Classical [6]
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Rachmaninoff: Solo Piano Works (2003), Sony Classical [7]
  • Volodos Plays Liszt (2007), Sony Classical[8]
  • Volodos in Vienna (2010) Recorded live on March 1, 2009 (works of Scriabin, Ravel, Schumann and Liszt), Sony Classical[9]
  • Volodos plays Mompou (2013) Recorded October & December 2012, Sony Classical [10]
  • Volodos plays Brahms (2017), Sony Classical [11]
  • Volodos: Schubert Piano Sonata D.959 & Minuets D. 334, D. 335, D. 600 (2019), Sony Classical[12]

References

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  1. ^ ""My favourite composer is the one I play at the moment"". 2 August 2023.
  2. ^ Jean-Pierre Thiollet, 88 notes pour piano solo, "Solo nec plus ultra", Neva Editions, 2015, p.51. ISBN 978 2 3505 5192 0.
  3. ^ "Arcadi Volodos - Piano Transcriptions Piano Transcriptions | CD". www.sonyclassical.de. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  4. ^ "Arcadi Volodos - Volodos - Live at Carnegie Hall Volodos - Live at Carnegie Hall | CD". www.sonyclassical.de. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  5. ^ "Arcadi Volodos - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 & Other Piano Works Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 & Other Piano Works | CD". www.sonyclassical.de. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  6. ^ "Arcadi Volodos - Schubert: Solo Piano Works Schubert: Solo Piano Works | CD". www.sonyclassical.de. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  7. ^ "Arcadi Volodos - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Rachmaninoff: Solo Piano Works Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Rachmaninoff: Solo Piano Works | CD". www.sonyclassical.de. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  8. ^ "Arcadi Volodos - Volodos Plays Liszt Volodos Plays Liszt | CD". www.sonyclassical.de. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  9. ^ "Arcadi Volodos - Volodos in Vienna Volodos in Vienna | CD". www.sonyclassical.de. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  10. ^ "Arcadi Volodos - Volodos plays Mompou Volodos plays Mompou | CD". www.sonyclassical.de. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  11. ^ "Arcadi Volodos - Volodos Plays Brahms Volodos Plays Brahms | CD". www.sonyclassical.de. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  12. ^ "Arcadi Volodos - Schubert: Piano Sonata D.959 & Minuets D. 334, D. 335, D. 600 Schubert: Piano Sonata D.959 & Minuets D. 334, D. 335, D. 600 | CD". www.sonyclassical.de. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
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