Born in 1958 in Belebey (Bashkiria). He graduated from Central School of Music at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, where he studied at the class of Anna Artobolevskaya. In 1981, he graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (class of Alexei Nasedkin). From 2011 to 2016, he headed the Central Music School at Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Vladimir has been awarded at various international contests:
1980: the 2nd Prize Award of the International Piano Competition in Mont-Real (Canada). 1982: the 2nd Prize Award of the 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow).
1984: the 1st Prize Award at the International Chamber Ensemble Competition in Vercelli (Italy).
1987: International Competition in Leeds (UK), after which he was invited to London to play for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
The subsequent performances in the UK and other countries brought Vladimir Ovchinnikov international fame. In the late 1980s - early 1990s, he gave concerts in Japan, Canada and the USA, made a number of recordings.
Currently, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, along with concert activities, also teaches in Moscow and abroad (the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK, Sakuyo University in Japan). He is a soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic Society since 1995.
Ovchinnikov performs not only as a soloist, but also as a chamber musician, the core of his repertoire is the works of Russian composers and 19th-century European romantics.
At various times, he released CDs with Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, Reger, Barber, Taneyev and other composers via EMI, Collins Classics, Russian Seasons, and Сhandos Records.
Vladimir’s play is distinguished by a bright personality of style, brilliant technique, and flexible performance.