Vladimir Ashkenazy Named to Liverpool Philharmonic Post

Classic Arts News   Vladimir Ashkenazy Named to Liverpool Philharmonic Post
Conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy will serve as artist laureate of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, when Liverpool will be the European Capital of Culture, the London Guardian reports.

The newly created post marks a homecoming of sorts for Ashkenazy, who announced his defection from the Soviet Union in Liverpool in 1967 and made his conducting debut with the RLPO.

"Liverpool and the RLPO occupy a very special place in my heart," Ashkenazy said. "After many years, needless to say, I'm looking forward to conducting this superb orchestra again."

Ashkenazy is the music director of Tokyo's NHK Symphony and the music director of the European Union Youth Orchestra.

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