Valery Afanassiev

Valery Afanassiev

born on 8/9/1947 in Moskau, Zentralrussland, Russian Federation

Valery Afanassiev

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Valery Afanassiev (Russian: , Valerij Pavlovi Afanasiev; born 8 September 1947) is a Russian pianist, writer and conductor.


Valery Afanassiev was born in Moscow. He studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory with Emil Gilels and Yakov Zak. In 1969 he was the winner of the Bach Competition in Leipzig, and three years later at the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. After a tour in Belgium, he decided to seek political asylum in the West and became a citizen of Belgium.

Afanassiev lives in Versailles.

Work and critical reception

In Germany Afanassiev was first known as a duet partner of Gidon Kremer in chamber music performances. His interpretations of the piano works of Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven and others have aroused controversy on account of Afanassiev's tempo choices and expressive techniques. A review of his recording of Schubert's last three piano sonatas stated: "the perversity encountered here so angered me that I felt I could not dignify what I found here with any kind of coherent analysis".[1]

Afanassiev has recorded for the Denon, Deutsche Grammophone, and Oehms labels, among others.

Afanassiev has written poetry, a number of novels and stage plays. He is also an orchestral conductor.[2]


  1. Linkowski, Allen (1999). "Schubert: Piano Sonatas, last 3". American Record Guide 62 (2).
  2. Valery Afanassiev. Retrieved on December 2012.

External links

  • Alain Pâris: Dictionnaire des interpretes et de l'interpretation musicale au XX siecle. Robert Laffont, Paris 1989.
  • Alan Rich: Masters of music. Great artists of work. Capra Press, Santa Barbara, California 1990.
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