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7-12-2012, 13:55
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Vladimir von Pachmann or Pachman Vladimir de Pachmann(27 July 1848 – 6 January 1933) was a pianist of Russian-German ethnicity, especially noted for performing the works of Chopin, and also for his eccentric on-stage style.

Pachmann was born in Odessa, Ukraine as Vladimir Pachmann. The von or later de as a nobiliary particle was most probably added to his name by himself. Three of his brothers serving as officers in the Imperial Russian Army did not use the particle, as might be expected.

His father was a professor at the University of Odessa and a celebrated amateur violinist who had met Beethoven, Weber and other notable composers in Vienna. He was his son's only teacher until he turned 18, at which time he went to Vienna to study music at the Vienna Conservatory, studying piano with Josef Dachs (a pupil of Carl Tausig) and theory with Anton Bruckner. He gained the Conservatory's Gold Medal and made his concert debut in Odessa in 1869, but until 1882 he appeared in public infrequently, spending his time in further study. He then toured throughout Europe and the United States, and was acclaimed as a top player of his era. His programmes consisted almost exclusively of the works of Chopin, with only an occasional movement by Bach, Scarlatti, Mendelssohn or Henselt.
In Denmark he was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog...

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7-12-2012, 09:13
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Alexander Petrovich OsmininAlexander Osminin (Russian: Александр Осминин, born November 19, 1981) is a Russian classical pianist who gives concerts throughout the world.

Alexander Osminin was born in Moscow. From 1988 till 1997, he studied at the music school, but his interest in music and his musical ability became evident in 1986, at age of five. His first teacher was I. V. Antypko. He graduated from the music school in 1997.

From 1997 till 2000, he studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Academic Music College.

In 2005, Osminin graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory, where he studied in the class of the eminent pianist Eliso Virsaladze, and he continued his education as a postgraduate student (2008) at the same Conservatory.

His repertoire ranges from the earliest keyboard masters to contemporary composers: from Domenico Scarlatti and J.S. Bach to Stravinsky and Hindemith.
Central to his repertoire are the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff...

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