Владимир Давидович Ашкенази
b. 6 July 1937
From 1945 Ashkenazy studied at the Central Music School with Anaida Sumbatyan, and later at the Conservatory with Boris Zemliansky and Lev Oborin.
He placed second at the 1955 Chopin Competition; won the 1956 Queen Elisabeth Competition; and shared first prize with John Ogdon at the 1962 Tchaikovsky Competition.
He is part of a musical family – his father David, sister Elena, son Vovka, and nephew Vladimir Sverdlov, are all accomplished pianists. Ashkenazy's wife also studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory.
After the start of an incredible career as a pianist, he went on to become a successful conductor and toured around the world.
Anaida Sumbatyan's class, with pianist Oxana Yablonskaya (top row, fourth from right) and Ashkenazy far right
at the 1956 QEC