Vladimir Feltsman

Vladimir Oskarovich Feltsman (Russian: Владимир Оскарович Фельцман, Vladimir Oskarovič Feltsman (born 1952) is a Russian-American classical pianist, particularly noted for his devotion to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Vladimir Feltsman
Birth nameVladimir Oskarovich Feltsman
Born (1952-01-08) 8 January 1952
Moscow, Russia
Years active1963–Present


Vladimir Oskarovich Feltsman was born on January 8, 1952, in Moscow. His father, the composer Oscar Feltsman, was known in the Soviet Union for popular songs and musical comedies.[1][3][4][8][9]

Feltsman debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic at eleven (11) years of age.[10] He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky, Moscow, and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatories. In 1971, he won the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris, followed by tours in the former Soviet Union, Europe, and Japan, thus beginning his adult career.[1][2][4][6][8][9]


In 1979, because of his growing discontent with the official Soviet ideology and rigid governmental control of the arts, Feltsman applied for an exit visa from the Soviet Union. In response, he was immediately banned from performing in public. After eight years of struggle and virtual artistic exile, he was finally granted permission to leave the Soviet Union.[1][2][3][4][7][8][9]

Arriving in the United States on August 18, 1987, Vladimir Feltsman found himself warmly greeted at the White House, where on September 27, 1987, he performed his very first concert in North America for U.S. President Ronald Reagan. On November 11, 1987, his performance at Carnegie Hall established him as a major pianist on the American scene. During his early years in the West, he was promoted as a Russian Romantic firebrand, yet his debut recital consisted of works by Schubert, Schumann and Messiaen. By the mid-1990s, he had devoted himself to Bach, offering expressively shaped and thoughtfully ornamented performances on a modern piano. Then he returned to the standard repertory — Haydn, Beethoven, Mussorgsky — in the big-toned, blockbuster style that many had anticipated when he first arrived in the USA. He has been described by music critics as a master of reinventing himself.[1][3][6][7][8][9]

Feltsman teaches at the Mannes College The New School for Music and the State University of New York New Paltz, where he is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Festival-Institute Piano Summer.[1][3][4][6][8][9][11] His notable students include Charles Boguinia, composer and pianist.[12]

Feltsman has turned to performances on the fortepiano; he has notably performed all of the Mozart's piano sonatas on a fortepiano, as well as Beethoven's Emperor Concerto and Mozart's Concerto K595, No. 27. As his contribution to the Mozart anniversary year, he commissioned the keyboard builder PaulMcNulty to construct a fortepiano modeled after an Anton Walter instrument from Mozart’s time.[1][4][8][9]


In 1995, Feltsman became a U.S. citizen.[1][4][8][9]

He lives in upstate New York with his wife, Haewon.[1][4][8][9]


Feltsman's discography includes six albums of clavier works of J.S. Bach, recordings of Beethoven's last five piano sonatas, solo piano works of Franz Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Olivier Messiaen, and Valentyn Sylvestrov, as well as concerti by Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Sergei Prokofiev.[1]


  • 1962: Debut, Moscow State Philharmonic[3]
  • 1967: First Prize, Concertina International Competition (Prague)[3][5]
  • 1971: Grand Prix, Marguerite Long Competition (Paris)[3]


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  6. Woods, Lynn (1 July 2016). "Vladimir Feltsman and the genesis of PianoSummer". New York Times. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  7. Reed, Susan (15 February 1988). "Silenced for Eight Years in Russia, Pianist Vladimir Feltsman Brings the Sound of His Music to the U.S." New York Times. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  8. "Vladimir Feltsman, Piano: Biography". Arts Management Group. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  9. "Vladimir Feltsman: Biography". Nimbus Records. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  10. "Vladimir FELTSMAN". www.feltsman.com. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  11. "PianoSummer at New Paltz". SUNY New Paltz. 30 August 1987. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  12. "Charles Boguinia | Biography". Charles Boguinia | Composer and Pianist. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
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