Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov
Dmitri Bashkirov's name has been known to the musical world since 1955 when he received the Grand Prix at the prestigious Marguerite Long Competition in Paris. He was born in November 1931 in Tiflis, Georgia, and studied there with Anastasia Wirsaladze and in Moscow with the famous Soviet pianist and pedagogue Alexander Goldenweiser, a contemporary of both Rachmaninov and Scriabin and a young friend of Leo Tolstoy. After his Paris success, he established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian pianists, performing in the most important musical centres and at festivals worldwide with leading orchestras under the baton of famous conductors such as Barbirolli, Mazur, Sawallisch, Szell, Markevich, Svetlanov, Mehta, Zecchi and Barenboim.
In 1957 Dmitri Bashkirov began teaching at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and went on to form a trio with the violinist Igor Bezrodny and the cellist Mikhail Khomister which between 1965 and 1972 was considered one of the most important chamber ensembles in the former USSR. After 1980, when the authorities refused him to appear in the West, he continued to actively perform in the Soviet Union. He was only allowed to leave the country eight years later. Since then, he has given highly successful concerts in Europe and the USA.
At present Dmitri Bashkirov is aTitular Professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, Honorary Professor at the Moscow Conservatory, and a Professor tutor at the International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy. Among his students are some of the best-known pianists of the younger generation, prize winners at leading international competitions, among them Arcadi Volodos, Dmitri Alexeev, Nikolai Demidenko, Elena Bashkirova, Kirill Gerstein,
Luis-Fernando Perez, Stanislav Ioudenitch, as well as the highly acclaimed by the Bulgarian audience Marina Kapatsinskaya, Vesselin Stanev, Plamena Mangova, Viktoria Vassilenko.
Bashkirov has been many times invited as a jury member at prestigious competitions. He also gives masterclasses in Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Helsinki, Athens, the USA and elsewhere. He was named an Honorary People's Artist of Russia, and won the special Robert Schumann Medal in Zwickau, as well as the Honorary Medal of the Autonomous University in Madrid. He records with Erato, Melodia, EMI, Russian CD, and Harmonia Mundi.