RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Ridgefield’s Maxim Dmitrievich Shostakovich!
Shostakovich, who has owned a home in Ridgefield, turns 78 on Tuesday. The conductor and pianist was born May 10, 1938, in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, in Russia.
Since 1975, Shostakovich has conducted and popularized many of his father's lesser-known works and became chief conductor of the Union Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra. While he was principal conductor of the Moscow Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, he conducted the premiere of his father's 15th Symphony.
After spells conducting the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, he returned to St. Petersburg.
In 1992, he made an acclaimed recording of the Myaskovsky Cello Concerto with Julian Lloyd Webber and the London Symphony Orchestra for Philips Classics.
He is the dedicatee and first performer of his father's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major (Op. 102).
He has recorded a cycle of his father's 15 symphonies with the Prague Symphony Orchestra for the Czech label, Supraphon.
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