Icelandic pianist of Russian origin, he made his début in Moscow in 1945 and also studied there. After competition successes, he toured the USA in 1958; in 1963 he settled in England, moving to Iceland in 1968.
Vladimir Ashkenazy is a passionate interpreter of Russian music (notably Rakhmaninov), he also brings warmth and sincerity to the Romantic repertory and particular sensitivity and clarity to Mozart.
An internationally recognized solo pianist, chamber music performer, and concert conductor, Vladimir Ashkenazy has made music with some of the most prestigious orchestras and soloists.
His virtuoso recordings have earned him five Grammy awards plus Iceland's Order of the Falcon.