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Renowned Pianist Vladimir Feltsman Will Perform In Bedford Concert

Vladimir Feltsman
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BEDFORD, N.Y.  -- Russian-born American pianist Vladimir Feltsman will play in concert Wednesday, April 9, at 8 p.m., at the Fellowship Hall of St. Matthew’s Church, 382 Cantitoe Street in Bedford. The concert is presented by the Bedford Chamber Concerts.

The program will include works by Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, and Franz Liszt.

Since his defection to the United States, in the 1980s, Feltsman has built a reputation as an artist of dynamic range and a wide and varied repertoire.

Feltsman was born in Moscow in 1952, and debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic at age 11. In 1969, he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Music to study piano under the guidance of professor Jacob Flier. He also studied conducting at both the Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatories. In 1971, Feltsman won the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris. He has toured extensively the former Soviet Union, Europe and Japan.

In 1979, because of his growing discontent with the restrictions on artistic freedom under the Soviet regime, he signaled his intention to emigrate by applying for an exit visa. In response, he was immediately banned from performing in public and his recordings were suppressed. After eight years of virtual artistic exile, he was finally granted permission to leave the Soviet Union. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1987, he was warmly greeted at the White House, where he performed his first recital in North America. That same year, his debut at Carnegie Hall established him as a major pianist on the American and international scene.

The program will include “Benediction de Dieu sans la solitude,” written by Liszt in 1847, and Schubert’s Sonata in A minor Op 164. Additionally he will perform Alexander Scriabin’s “Vers la flamme”, written in 1914.

The program will also include Haydn’s Sonata in A flat major.

Tickets are $35/$10 for student tickets. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.bedfordchamberconcerts.org or call 914-522-5150.

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