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Anatol Ugorski (in Russian: Анатолий Угорский, born 28 September 1942 in Rubtsovsk, Siberia) is a classical pianist of Russian origin who lives in Germany.

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1 Biography 2 Recordings 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Anatol Ugorski, born in a poor background, is the eldest of five children. As early as 1945, his parents moved to Leningrad. He was at first in a school where he sang and played the xylophone. From his six years, he succeeded the selection at the entrance to the school of music of Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
Conservatory where he studied until 1960. He was subsequently admitted to the Conservatory of Leningrad in the piano class of Najda Gouloubovskaia with whom he worked until 1965. He was a student and attracted attention through the interpretation of avant-garde pieces: abandoning the repertoire traditionally devoted to Russian pianists, he created in the USSR some of the works of controversial Western composers such as Arnold Schönberg
Arnold Schönberg
(Pierrot Lunaire), Alban Berg, Olivier Messiaen
Olivier Messiaen
and Pierre Boulez, assisted by his wife, musicologist Maja Elik. In 1968, he won the third prize of the George Enescu International Piano Competition. During a tour of concerts in Leningrad by Pierre Boulez in autumn 1968, in a period of relative cultural openness (shortly after the Prague Spring, and the invasion of the Warsaw Pact troops), the enthusiastic applause of Ugorski were interpreted as a political manifestation - he worked with the conductor thirty years later. He was summoned by the Rectorate and considered with suspicion as politically unreliable, because of his passion for Western contemporary music and his origins. His career was stopped for more than ten years. He was confined to an accompanying post of the Young Pioneers choir, which could only performed in the Soviet bloc and for remote provincial schoolchildren, or private concerts, but always with full attendance.[1] Irene Dische comments: "In this perfect artistic freedom, he played only for himself.[2]" His solo concerts became very popular. Ugorski confided that his best Scarlatti concert he performed for children in the industrial city of Asbest.[2] It was only in 1982, under the pressure of his artistic reputation, that he obtained a post of professor at the Leningrad Conservatory. Until then, there was no question of emigrating, but in the spring of 1990, Dina Ugorskaja (de) (born 1973), then in her sixteenth year - and also a pianist and pupil of the Conservatory - suffered antisemitic harassment and felt threatened.[3] The Ugorski escaped without preparation, nor papers for East Berlin.[2] The family lived in a refugee camp for several months. He recorded his first album in 1991 with the Diabelli Variations
Diabelli Variations
for Deutsche Grammophon, with which he signed an exclusive contract.[2] His international career was launched in 1992, he was fifty years old and soon to be naturalized. His first spectacular concerts took place in the Milan Conservatory
Milan Conservatory
and the Vienna Festival. He performed as soloist or with orchestras such as the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Czech Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Orchestre de Paris and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and regularly participates in the most important festivals in the world. Until 2007, Ugorski was a piano teacher at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, where he lived. He was also a member of the jury of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Recordings[edit] Ugorski published numerous piano records from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Among his most important recordings are Catalogue d'oiseaux[4] by Olivier Messiaen
Olivier Messiaen
(Echo Klassik prize 1995) and the Piano concerto by Scriabin with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra directed by Pierre Boulez. For this recording, Ugorski was nominated for the Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
in February 2000.[5] He and his daughter Dina Ugorskaja recorded the concertos for two pianos by Bach (BWV 1060), Mozart (K.365) and Shostakovich (Op. 94). In 2010, he played the complete sonatas of Scriabin for Cavi-music. He also recorded the Piano Quintet by Shostakovich, for Oehms Classics (2014).

Beethoven, Piano sonata Op. 111; Bagatelles Op. 126; Für Elise; Rondo and Cappricio Op. 129 (1992, DG 435 881-2) Beethoven, Diabelli Variations
Diabelli Variations
(1991, DG) OCLC 715702162 Messiaen, Catalogue d'oiseaux
Catalogue d'oiseaux
(2003, 3CD DG) OCLC 716474039 Moussorgski, Pictures at an Exhibition; Stravinski, 3 mouvements of Petrouchka (1992, DG 435 882-2) OCLC 887764660 Schumann, Davidsbündlertänze Op. 6 ; Schubert, Wanderer Fantasy D.760 / Op. 15 (September 1992, DG 437 539-2) OCLC 66153796 Scriabin, Piano Concerto; Prométhée (1999, DG ) Scriabin, Sonatas 1-10 (2010, 2CD Cavi-Music)

LP:

Bach, Viola
Viola
Sonatas BWV 1027-1029 - Yuri Kramarov, viola; Ugorski, harpsichord (1976, LP Melodiya
Melodiya
C10 67925-26)

References[edit]

^ Anatol Ugorski on BeethovenfestBonn ^ a b c d Irene Dische im Begleitheft zur CD mit Ugorskis Diabelli-Variationen (DG 435 615-2) ^ Walerij Soifer (1987). "Rettet Rußland! Schlagt die Juden!". Der Spiegel (in German) (34). 13525064.  ^ Catalogue d'oiseaux
Catalogue d'oiseaux
on DG ^ GRAMMY Award Results for Anatol Ugorski

External links[edit]

DNB-IDN 129234737 Anatol Ugorski, a writing pianist (in German) Biography on Munzinger-Archiv (in German) Hochschule für Musik de Detmold (in German) For Anatol Ugorski's 70th anniversary Reinhard Palmer, on nmz.de Anatol Ugorski on Archiv Music Anatol Ugorski on Musical World Anatol Ugorski on Last.FM Anatol Ugorski on Discogs Anatol Ugorski plays Scarlatti, Weber, Scriabin, Stravinski etc. 1995 on YouTube

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 42032049 LCCN: n80030949 ISNI: 0000 0001 1471 2314 GND: 129234737 BNF: cb139572352 (data) BIBSYS: 5024465 MusicBrainz: 4ec01cb3-dd89-465f-b36b-1d6c5e60d6e1

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