Yvar Mikhashoff (1945-1992) was internationally known as an interpreter of 20th century piano music and a specialist in American music. He recorded for every major broadcasting center in Europe and participated in nearly all of the major contemporary music festivals in Europe and the United States. Distinctions include tours of the Far East in 1985 and 1986, producing and performing in twenty concerts of American music for the Dutch-American Bicentennial celebration of the Holland Festival (1982), Fulbright Scholar to Denmark in 1986, guest artist for New Music America (1982-86, 1988) and guest soloist for the ISCM World Music Days (1983-4, 1988).
Mr. Mikhashoff was the Associate Director of the Almeida Festival in London, artistic advisor to the Misc Factory in Bergen, Norway, and co-founder and director of the North American New Music Festival in Buffalo. Composers who have written for him include John Cage, Lukas Foss, Christian Wolff, Henry Brant, Sylvano Bussotti, Per Norgaard, Luis de Pablo, and many others. He recorded for Nonesuch, CRI and Spectrum Records in the United States and Paula Records in Europe. He performed with major orchestras in Buffalo, Hartford, Dallas, Houston and Cincinnati, as well as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Rome and Sao Paolo.
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