International artist management Harrison Parrott has announced that conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of classical music’s most loved and respected figures, has retired from public performances.

Vladimir Ashkenazy. Photograph © Keith Saunders

Now 82, the Russian-born maestro – who first came to prominence at the 1955 Chopin Festival in Warsaw – has had a high-flying 70-year international career as a piano soloist and conductor. Represented by Decca since 1963, he has won a remarkable seven Grammy Awards including one in 2000 for his recording of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues.

Ashkenazy first came to Australia as a pianist in 1969 and subsequently forged a close relationship with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Joining the international musical community in celebrating his career and his important contribution to classical music, Sydney Symphony Orchestra CEO Emma Dunch said, “Vladimir Ashkenazy is a treasured member of our Sydney Symphony family.”

“He first appeared with us as a solo pianist in the Sydney Town Hall in 1969, and last season he accepted the title of Conductor Laureate in recognition of his 50-year association with the Sydney Symphony.”

“We celebrate and salute his extraordinary musical gifts and the artistic leadership that brought our Orchestra...