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Arcadi Volodos
Born (1972-02-24) 24 February 1972 (age 51)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Pianist
Instruments Piano
Labels Sony Classical

Arcadi Arcadievich Volodos (Russian: Аркадий Аркадьевич Володось, Arkadij Arkadjevich Volodos; born 24 February 1972) is a Russian-born French pianist. His first name is sometimes transliterated Arcady or Arkady.


Born in Leningrad in 1972, he began his musical training studying voice, following the example of his parents, who were singers, and later shifted his emphasis to conducting while a student at the Glinka Chapel School and the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. Though he had played the piano from the age of eight, he did not devote himself to serious study of the instrument until 1987. His formal piano training took place at the Moscow Conservatory Music College with Galina Eguiazarova. Volodos also studied at the Paris Conservatory with Jacques Rouvier. In Madrid, he studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music with Dimitri Bashkirov and Galina Eguiazarova. He is of French nationality and resides in Spain with his wife and daughter.

Despite the relative brevity of his formal studies, Volodos has rapidly moved into the elite pantheon of the world's most distinguished pianists. Thomas Frost, the producer of many of Horowitz's recordings, and producer of Volodos' recordings for Sony Classical, has said that Volodos "has everything: imagination, colour, passion and a phenomenal technique to carry out his ideas."

Volodos received the German award Echo Klassik as the best instrumentalist of 2003; he received the Gramophone Award for best instrumental recording in 1999 for Arcadi Volodos Live at Carnegie Hall, in 2010 for Volodos in Vienna, in 2014 for Volodos plays Mompou, and in 2018 for Volodos plays Brahms.

His "Concert Paraphrase on Mozart's Turkish March" has been recorded by several other pianists.


  • Volodos: Piano Transcriptions (1997), Sony Classical
  • Volodos, Live at Carnegie Hall (Recorded October 21, 1998, released 1999), Sony Classical
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Solo Piano Works (2000), Sony Classical
  • Schubert: Solo Piano Works (2002), Sony Classical
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Rachmaninoff: Solo Piano Works (2003), Sony Classical
  • Volodos Plays Liszt (2007), Sony Classical
  • Volodos in Vienna (2010) Recorded live on March 1, 2009 (works of Scriabin, Ravel, Schumann and Liszt), Sony Classical
  • Volodos plays Mompou (2013) Recorded October & December 2012, Sony Classical
  • Volodos plays Brahms (2017), Sony Classical
  • Volodos: Schubert Piano Sonata D.959 & Minuets D. 334, D. 335, D. 600 (2019), Sony Classical

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