Arcadi Volodos


Arcadi Volodos

Arcadi Volodos is a Russian pianist known for both his supreme playing and notoriously difficult arrangements of various classical pieces.

Life and Music

  • Born in St Petersburg in 1972, Arcadi Volodos only began a serious musical training at the city's conservatory in 1987, after which he continued to study the piano at the Moscow Conservatoire under Galina Egizarowa. He then studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Jacques Rouvier and in Madrid at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia, where his teacher was Dimitry Bashkirov.
  • His career took off when a manager of the Sony Classical label was on a business trip in 1996 and a French friend urged him to listen to a private performance by an extremely talented pianist. The Sony man was so impressed by Volodos's exceptional ability that he immediately offered him an exclusive long-term contract. His explanation at the time: "You only come across someone as talented as Arcadi Volodos once in a lifetime".
  • The first album, Piano Transcriptions, with pieces written by Volodos himself, was released in autumn 1997. To accompany the release, Volodos made his first live appearances which caused an absolute sensation.
  • Since then, further CDs have been released to widespread acclaim, featuring works by Schubert, Solo Piano Works, Rachmaninov 's Third Piano Concerto, with the Berliner Philharmonic (conducted by James Levine) and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Berliner Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa.

Did you know?
Volodos is particularly well known for his notoriously difficult arrangements of various classical pieces. A particular example was his arrangement of Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca in which he paraphrased the movement to produce considerable demands on the performer; playing a melody and a counter melody with the right hand, and large chords and rapid leaps with the left.

Volodos in Vienna

Top Arcadi Volodos Pieces