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Bashkirov, Dimitri

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Tiflis (Georgia), 1931. Dimitri Bashkirov was born in Tiflis, Georgia. He started his studies with his family in that city, continuing his education later with Anastasia Wirsaladze at the Tiflis Conservatory and with Alexander Goldenweiser at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In 1955 he won the first prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Piano Competition, in Paris. Since then he has performed with numerous European and United States of America orchestras, among them the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Paris Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. He has also appeared with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta and Wolfgang Sawallisch, among others. He has played chamber music with the violinist Igor Bezrodny and the cellist Mikhail Komnitzer. In 1957 he started his extensive teaching career at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and at the Encuentro de Música y Academia in Santander. He has published several studies in Sovetskaya Muzïka. Since the inauguration in 1991 of the Reina Sofía School of Music, Dimitri Bashkirov is Head Professor of the Piano Chair, sponsored by the Banco Santander Foundation.

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