Валерий Павлович Афанасьев
b. 8 September 1947
Afanassiev studied at the Academic Music College with Mirra Siver, graduating in 1965. He went on to the Moscow Conservatory to study with Yakov Zak, and took postgraduate courses with Emil Gilels.
He won both the 1968 Bach Competition and the 1972 Queen Elisabeth Competition.
He has made many recordings, particularly for Denon and Japanese labels.
He is also a published writer and poet.