“Dimitri Ashkenazy is an individual and captivating artist. His clarinet can sing gently, he shapes the phrases lovingly: just as one likes to hear.”
Dimitri Ashkenazy performs widely as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Hollywood Bowl; SBS Youth Orchestra at Sydney Opera House; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico; and Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Mito Chamber orchestras in Japan.
In September 2014, Ashkenazy made his BBC Proms debut, performing Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Strathclyde Concerto No.4 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of the composer’s 80th birthday celebrations. He has previously performed this Concerto under the baton of the composer in London, Santiago de Compostela, and at several other venues across Europe.
An active chamber musician, he has performed with the Kodály and Faust Quartets and with partners such as Barbara Bonney, Antonio Meneses, Cristina Ortiz, Maria João Pires and of course his brother Vovka Ashkenazy and his father Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Dimitri Ashkenazy has made numerous CD, radio and television recordings, and been invited to give master classes throughout Europe and in Japan, Australia and the USA.
“He surprised us from the first phrase of Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with wonderfully sensitive and songlike expression. In the second movement he transformed himself into a jazzman, with siren-like howls which worked well in this piece, composed in 1949 for Benny Goodman.”