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Paul Ostrovsky

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Paul Ostrovsky, the founding member of the Moscow Conservatory Trio, was born in Moscow and earned his master’s degree at the Moscow Conservatory, where he was a student of Yakov Flier, and Emil Gilels. Mr. Ostrovsky is widely recognized as pianist of extraordinary sensitivity with a special gift for chamber music.

The New York Times has hailed him as “a bedrock of cultivation and control”; The Los Angeles Times called him a “fiery keyboard partner” after a performance with Isaac Stern and went on to comment, “His keyboard skill is of virtuosic ease and scope, he has an instant command an extensive range of tone color, and each phrase is shaped with irresistible rhythmic vitality.”

Mr. Ostrovsky has appeared on the world’s great concert stages - Carnegie Hall, the Philharmonie (Berlin), the Musikverein (Vienna), the Concertgebouw - and at the great international festivals - Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Aspen, the Salzburg Festival - to name but a few.

Mr. Ostrovsky has recorded for the Melodiya, Vox, and Origin labels, and his Deutsche Grammophon recording of the Mendelssohn Sonatas for Violin and Piano (with Shlomo Mintz) won the Grammophon award for chamber music in 1988.