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VLADIMIR FELTSMAN arrived in the United States from Russia in the summer of 1987. His American debut recital in Carnegie Hall New York that same year immediately established him as a major pianist on the American scene. Since then he has become a regular guest artist with every major orchestra in the United States and on major recital series and summer festivals here and abroad. Feltsman has an extensive repertoire, which ranges from the music of Bach to 20th century composers. He is now working on a project entitled Masterpieces of the Russian Underground, which is an anthology of 20th century Russian composers from Shostakovich to the present day. In the past few years, Feltsman has returned to conducting, his earlier interest, which he studied extensively at both the Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatories. Born in Moscow in 1952, Vladimir Feltsman made his debut at the age of 11 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He toured extensively throughout Russia and Eastern Europe; however, Feltsman's career was abruptly interrupted when Soviet authorities responded to his application to emigrate by banning him from performing in public. In 1987, after eight years of struggle and virtual artistic exile, he was finally granted permission to leave the Soviet Union and come to the United States. He presently lives in upstate New York. Feltsman last performed with the Philharmonic in 1991.