November 15, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- In the next concert in the Music at Amherst series, Vladimir Feltsman will perform an evening of piano pieces, including Bach's Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major and Partita No. 2 in C minor and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at An Exhibition." The concert is on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

An artist of immense range and insight, Feltsman is recognized as one of the most imaginative and constantly interesting musicians of our time. Feltsman, whose diverse repertoire includes everything from the Baroque to 20th-century composers, debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic at the age of 11. After studying piano and conducting at the Moscow State Conservatory of Music and the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory, Feltsman won the 1971 Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition and toured throughout Europe, Japan and the former Soviet Union. Having expressed his unhappiness with the Soviet government's rigid control of the arts in 1979, Feltsman was banned from performing in public and was only granted permission to leave the country eight years later. Since then he has toured worldwide, and has been a regular guest soloist with every leading orchestra in the United States.

According to The New York Times, "Feltsman is quite simply an amazing pianist."

Admission to the concert is $21, senior citizens $18, and students $5. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413/542-2195 on weekday mornings. The Amherst College Concert Office has a Website at