Born in St. Petersburg in 1972, Arcadi Volodos began his musical studies with singing and conducting classes. In 1987 he began his piano studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, afterwards he went to the Moscow Conservatory with Galina Egiazarova and later on to Paris and Madrid.
Since his debut in New York in 1996, Volodos has performed all over the world in recital and with the most outstanding orchestras and conductors. He has worked, among others, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Israel, Philharmonia, New York Philharmonic and Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Paris Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Boston and Chicago, and with conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov and Riccardo Chailly.
Piano recitals have played a central role in the artistic life of Volodos since he began his career. His repertoire includes major works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Ravel, along with less performed works by Mompou, Lecuona and de Falla.
Volodos is a regular guest at the most prestigious concerthalls in Europe. In season 2018-19 he will perform at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Barbican Center in London, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Herkulessaal in Munich, Tonhalle in Zurich, Saint Cecilia in Rome, Philharmonie in Cologne, Bozar in Brussels, Opera House in Oslo and many others. He will return to Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich conducted by Paavo Jarvi, RAI Orchestra Turin with Christoph Eschenbach, Teatro alla Scala in Milan with Michele Mariotti, National Orchestra of Spain with David Afkham and Orchester Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo with Kazuki Yamada.
From his record of the first recital at the Carnegie Hall in New York - Gramophone's winner -, released by Sony Classical in 1999, Arcadi Volodos has recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums. These include revealing interpretations of Schubert's sonatas and solo works by Rachmaninoff, live performances with the Berlin Philharmonic of the Third Piano Concerto by Rachmaninoff, conducted by James Levine, and the First Piano Concerto by Tchaikovsky, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. Volodos Plays Liszt, released in 2007, won numerous awards, and its 2010 Musikverein recital was published on CD and DVD with great success among international critics. His 2013 solo album, Volodos Plays Mompou, dedicated to the works of the Spanish composer Frederic Mompou, received a Gramophone Award and the Echo-Preis.
Volodos Plays Brahms is his last album, published in April of 2017; an album of thirteen works for piano by Johannes Brahms, which includes Opus 117 and 118 and a selection of op. 76. Considered a milestone in the music scene, the album was awarded in November 2017 with the Edison Classical Award and the Diapason d'Or and recently with the prestigious Gramophone Award 2018 as the best instrumental recording of the year.
Arcadi Volodos in the 36. FIMC
- Jan. 24th 2020, 20:00 h.: Teatro Guimerá, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
- Jan. 26th 2020, 20:00 h.: Teatro Pérez Galdós, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.