Anatol Ugorski was born on September 28, 1942, and he was a Russian-born German classical pianist and academic teacher. Anatol Ugorski had his education at the Leningrad Conservatory and played the works of controversial Western composers rather than that of Russian pianists.
Due to an incident at a concert, Anatol Ugorski ‘s career was interrupted for more than 10 years as the Soviet Authorities had doubts about his political reliability. The family of Anatol Ugorski had to move to East Berlin due to antisemitic harassment his daughter went through in 1990.
The career of Anatol Ugorski was relaunched when Irene Dische arranged for him to record Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for Deutsche Grammophon in 1991.
Subsequently, he became a professor of Hochschule fur Musik Detmold till 2007.
Anatol Ugorski was born into a poor family and grew up with his five siblings. The entire family moved to Leningrad and that’s where he attended his first school. He was into singing and playing the xylophone.
When Anatol Ugorski was just 6 years old, he went through the selection process to be part of the music school of the Leningrad Conservatory even though he had not played a piano before. He was at the music school of Leningrad Conservatory till 1960.
He also studied with Nadezhda Golubovskaya until 1965.Anatol Ugorski won the third prize in the George Enescu International Piano Competition.
In 1982, Anatol Ugorski was made a professor at the Leningrad Conservatory in 1982 under the pressure of his artistic reputation.
Anatol Ugorski performed with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as well as the Orchestra de Paris. Anatol Ugorski also performed at festivals around the world and he performed at the 1992 Salzburg Festival.
Anatol Ugorski Cause of Death
Anatol Ugorski died on September 5, 2023 in Lemgo.
At the time of his death, he was 80 years old and died of cancer. Anatol Ugorski was married to Maja Elik, the musicologist.
They had a daughter, Dina born in 1973.