Arcadi Volodos, celebrated as a «keyboard genius», is without a doubt one of today's most outstanding and internationally interesting pianists. Whether in concert or on CD, his playing is always marked by a combination of breathtaking technical virtuosity and profound and expressive musicality. Born in St. Petersburg in 1972, Arcadi Volodos only began serious musical training at the city's conservatory in 1987, after which he continued to study the piano at the Moscow Conservatoire under Galina Egizarowa, and later at the Conservatoire de Paris with Jacques Rouvier and in Madrid at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia, where his teacher was Dimitri Bashkirov.
His first album, featuring spectacular transcriptions (SK62691), some written by Volodos himself, was released in autumn 1997; accompanied as it was by the pianist's first live appearances, it caused an absolute sensation.
The CD was awarded several prizes (Gramophone Editor's Choice, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and received outstanding reviews. Thanks to his sensational début CD and much-acclaimed recitals, it wasn't long before Arcadi Volodos was being invited to play in the world's leading concert halls. Since then he has worked with some of the world's most renowned orchestras and conductors, among them the Berlin, New York and London Philharmonic orchestras, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic,the Boston Philharmonic and the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
In 1999, Sony Classical released the legendary Carnegie Hall début recital that Volodos gave the year before (SK60893), and this CD, too, was showered with international awards such as the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Gramophone Award and the Echo Klassik 1999. Since then, further CDs have been released to widespread acclaim, featuring works by Schubert (SK89647), Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto (SK64384, with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by James Levine) and Tchaikovsky's Piano concerto No. 1 with the Berlin Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa (SH930670). In February 2007, Sony Classical released the CD «Volodos plays Liszt» (88697096122), which garnered effusive praise from the press as a new reference recording (Diapason d'Or, Rondo: CD of the Month, Fono Forum: 5 stars).
20 April 2010