Landsman, Vladimir. Violinist, teacher, b Dushambe, USSR, 21 Dec 1941, naturalized Canadian 1981. He started studying the violin at five and, following David Oistrakh's recommendation, continued his studies at the Moscow Music School with Yuri Yankelevitch. He then studied at the Merzliyakovsky College, and at the Moscow State Cons where he graduated with the 'Aspirantura' diploma, the equivalent of a doctorate. He subsequently worked as a soloist with the Philharmonic Society of Moscow under the baton of such well-known conductors as Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Evgeny Svetlanov. He won the third prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition in 1963 and the first prize at the Montreal International Music Competition in 1966. In 1973 he emigrated to Israel, and made his debut in the USA shortly thereafter, with Zubin Mehta at the Hollywood Bowl. He began to teach at the University of Montreal and at the Orford Art Centre in 1975. He has since performed all over the world as recitalist or soloist under such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Franz-Paul Decker, Charles Dutoit, and David Atherton. In 1989 and 1991 he gave recitals in the USSR, at the Bolshoi Hall in Moscow, which were televised throughout the whole country. While teaching and performing, he has also been invited to give master classes, mainly in Europe, and to take part as a jury member in various competitions, including that of the Prix d'Europe.