Vladimir Pleshakov b. 1934

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Vladimir Pleshakov—b. 1934, in Shanghai, China, of Russian parents. He began his musical studies at the age of 4. From his teachers, who had studied with Alexander Siloti, Liszt’s favorite student and Rachmaninoff’s cousin and mentor, he inherited a deep understanding of Russian pianistic tradition: depth, beauty of sound, color, control, virtuosity, and immediacy of impact. He emigrated to Australia and then to the United States, where he presently resides. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Doctorate in Music from Stanford University.
At the age of 16, he made his debut in Australia as a soloist with major symphony orchestras. Since then, he has concertized with an exceptionally rich repertoire from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. He has gained notoriety by reviving unjustly neglected works of several composers.
For most of his life, Vladimir Pleshakov felt no need to compose, occasionally writing down fragments for orchestral instruments. Then, at age 75, after major surgery for esophageal cancer, and a week in the recovery ward, he began to hear liturgical choral music sung in Slavonic. The music was fully formed, and would not fade until fully notated. No changes were needed.
Pleshakov showed the music to some friends. Aoede Consort, under the direction of Dan Foster, became interested, and presented Pleshakov’s music in a variety of venues; a concert at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) in 2012 featured the world premiere of 14 choral works. The concert was attended by Charles Bruffy, the eminent conductor of the Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale, who subsequently presented four of Pleshakov's works in various concerts in Arizona, inspiring other choirs, such as the Ancora Chorale, to program them as well. Over the last five years, three small parishes in New York and South Carolina have used Pleshakov’s shorter and simpler works in their worship services.
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Vladimir Pleshakov

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Vladimir Pleshakov

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Church Slavonic

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