Pianist Vladimir Feltsman is a highly-regarded musician, a lover of Bach, and was once detained in the USSR for two years without public performances for his vocal stance against restrictions for artists in the Soviet regime. Today graces audiences with his authority and colour in performances at concert halls and festivals across the world.
Feltsman was raised and educated in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory from 1969 until 1976, where he also dabbled in conducting. During that time he won the prestigious prize of first place at the Marguerite Long Competition in Paris. He came from a musical background as his father was a composer of popular music, perhaps influencing his later premieres of contemporary music.
Feltsman emigrated to the United States in 1987. Upon arriving in the United States, he was welcomed into the White House for a recital performance and the same year debuted at Carnegie Hall which later became a live recording.
Some notable projects in Feltsman’s career as a musician include, most prominently his Bach cycle which spanned four seasons at New York City’s 92nd Street Y as well as performing Mozart’s Piano works and Russian composers such as Shostakovich.
His repertoire often includes Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms but he has also given many performances of contemporary music, two of which were dedicated to him by their composers—Schnittke and Karetnikov.
Feltsman’s recordings have been released on Sony Classical, Nimbus, Melodiya, and Musical Heritage Society.
"...quite simply an amazing pianist!" - The New York Times "...clearly, one of the supreme Bach keyboard exponents of our time!"- The Chicago Tribute