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Lev Vlassenko
Лев Никола́евич Вла́сенко
Born(1928-12-24)24 December 1928
Died24 August 1996(1996-08-24) (aged 67)
Brisbane, Australia
GenresClassical music

Lev Nikolaevich Vlassenko (Russian: Лев Никола́евич Вла́сенко; 24 December 1928 – 24 August 1996), was a Soviet pianist and teacher.


Lev Vlassenko was born on 24 December 1928 in Tiflis, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union to Nikolai Appolonovich Vlassenko and Vera Solomonovna Benditskaya.

Lev Vlassenko's first music teacher was his mother Vera. Lev entered the music school for gifted children in Tiflis in the class of Anastasia Davidovna Virsaladze - herself a pupil of the renowned Anna Yesipova. Lev began to play in public at an early age. At the age of ten years, he played Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with renowned conductor Odysseas Dimitriadis. In 1948, Lev Vlassenko entered the class of Yakov Flier at the Moscow Conservatory and completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

He gained international recognition after winning the First Prize and Gold Medal at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest in 1956. He and Chinese pianist Liu Shikun came second to Van Cliburn at the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1958.

Lev Vlassenko taught at the Moscow Conservatory for 39 years. He has taught several world-renowned pianists such as Mikhail Pletnev, Victor Eresko,[1] Kalle Randalu, Mykola Suk, Lev Vinocour, Vladimir Daych, Gennady Dzubenko, Rena Shereshevskaya, Natasha Vlassenko, Oleg Stepanov, Boris Petrov, Teofils Biķis, Karine Oganian, Jania Aubakirova, Justas Dvarionas, Alexander Strukov, Duncan Gifford and others. In the early 1990s he was professor in the United States at Indiana University and the New England Conservatory, Boston.

Lev Vlassenko was a jury member in many international piano competitions. They include the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, the Sydney International Piano Competition, the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, the Liszt Piano Competition in Budapest, the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv and others. Lev Vlassenko became the President of the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition jury in 1994. He also headed the “International Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars”.

In 1991 he was decorated a People's Artist of the USSR.

During his final years, Vlassenko resided in Australia, teaching at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Griffith University in 1996 in recognition of his vast contribution to the development of the Conservatorium.

He died on 24 August 1996 in Brisbane, Australia.


Lev Vlassenko recorded 22 disks and 8 CDs.

In 1999, his daughter, Natasha Vlassenko, and son-in-law, Oleg Stepanov, founded the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in his memory. The competition takes place in Brisbane every two years since 1999.

One of the Moscow musical schools is named after Lev Vlassenko.

Every year Vlassenko Piano Competition for Children takes place in Moscow.

In 2009 the book "Lev Vlassenko. Articles, reminiscences, interviews" was published in Brisbane.

At the Sydney International Piano Competition, the Lev Vlassenko Memorial Prize is awarded for the best performance of a virtuoso study.

Words of appreciation

“Lev Vlassenko is a splendid musician - clever and talented. This was particularly displayed in his performance of the Liszt Sonata, which sounded wonderfully integral. One rarely has such and orchestral manner of performance combined with technical perfection.”Heinrich Neuhaus

“Lev Vlassenko is a great artist. Listeners enjoyed his excellent performance of Liszt's Sonata in b minor, a piece which is extremely complicated because of its profound ideas and virtuosity. A magnificent sense of form and style of different pieces such as the Liszt Sonata and the Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in d minor...”Sviatoslav Richter

“... the pianist displayed clarity, wide breath sincerity and deep penetration into the music.”Emil Gilels

“His unpretentious temperament and natural virtuosity always serve the noble aim of revealing the inner essence of the composition. A remarkable sense of form, combined with deep sincerity is the most important feature in Lev Vlassenko’s artistic image.”Yakov Flier

“...a musician conveying deep inner thoughts and emotions that purify and enrich people's souls.”Ivan Kozlovsky

“Lev Vlassenko is an extraordinary personality with a beautiful, elevated creative nature, and a remarkable musician. He is a pianist with his own specific manner of performing – strict, but brilliant and, at the same time, deep.”Innokenty Smoktunovsky


  1. ^ 88 notes pour piano solo, Jean-Pierre Thiollet, Neva Editions, 2015, p.348. ISBN 978-2-3505-5192-0

External links

  • For complete information about the musician, please see web page of Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition [1]
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