Professor Vladimir Viardo
"I never listen to my records. But I listen to other pianists: Horowitz, Rubinstein my great idol, Gilels, Richter, Vladimir Viardo who is such an extraordinary genius that
I knelt down before him and kissed his hands.”
- Spainish Pianist Alicia de Larrocha,
_ English, Russian
Artist-in-Resident and Professor at University of North Texas, USA
Since claiming victory and a Gold Medal at the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1973, Vladimir Viardo has earned the esteem of the public and his colleagues alike. Having risen to international prominence, he has distinguished himself with some of the most critically acclaimed performances and recordings of his generation, inspiring many, including Sviatoslav Richter and Alicia de Larrocha, to praise him for his extraordinary musicianship. In the years that followed, Viardo collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Leningrad Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Prague Philharmonic, and many others.
Like a handful of other celebrated Soviet artists, from dancer Nuryeev to mathematician Egorov, Viardo’s journey to the West began under an ominous political cloud. No matter that, by the time he was 23, his future was already assured with impeccable credentials, several additional competition wins- including a top prize at the Concours Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud in Paris - and a command of more than 37 concertos, Viardo fell victim to demands of the Soviet authorities. Detained behind the Iron Curtain, Viardo threw himself into his work, only to emerge with even greater determination, now buttressed by exemplary artistic refinement, to bring his art to music lovers everywhere. With the onset of Perestroika, the Soviets at last allowed Viardo to accept engagements in Germany and the United States.
In 1989 the North Texas College of Music appointed Viardo to its distinguished faculty, where he soon established a reputation as an extraordinary coach and teacher. His roster of students includes young artists from Europe, the Americas, South Africa, and Asia, many of them competition winners themselves. Viardo's master classes are much in demand throughout the world , and his philosophy of teaching is detailed in Benjamin Saver’s The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA.
After returning to the West, Viardo’s international career resumed with several concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln and Kennedy centers, Salle Pleyel, and the Concertgebouw. His concert tours have taken him to leading American, Canadian, and European cities, to Asia and South Africa, as well as to Israel and Central and South America, where he has appeared as a soloist with most of the important conductors in the world, not the least of whom are Mehta, Maazel, Davies, Susskind, Shippers, Kondrashin, Spivakov, Giordano, and M. Shostakovich. His numerous recordings for Melodia, Pro Arte and Nonesuch have been greeted with unanimous critical acclaim.
来到到西方世界后，维阿杜的国际生涯重新开始，他在卡内基音乐厅、林肯和肯尼迪中心、普莱耶音乐厅和阿姆斯特丹音乐厅举办了几场音乐会。他的音乐会遍及美国、加拿大和欧洲的一线城市，他的足迹到亚洲、南非、以色列再到中美洲和南美洲。作为独奏钢琴家，他与全球最重要的指挥家有过合作，其中包括祖宾·梅塔,马泽尔、戴维斯等。他在Melodia， Pro Arte和Nonesuch等厂牌录制的唱片都受到了一致好评。