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January 16, 1990 | SUSAN BLISS
It was 1975, and Russian pianist Vladimir Viardo was beginning to command international acclaim. Preliminary requirements had all been met: a gold medal in the 1973 Van Cliburn Competition at age 23, successful tours in Western Europe, the United States and Mexico. Then--without warning or explanation--Soviet authorities barred the way. "I think it was just general policy," Viardo said by phone Saturday from New York, where he has lived with his wife and two children for the past year.
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January 16, 1990 | SUSAN BLISS
It was 1975, and Russian pianist Vladimir Viardo was beginning to command international acclaim. Preliminary requirements had all been met: a gold medal in the 1973 Van Cliburn Competition at age 23, successful tours in Western Europe, the United States and Mexico. Then--without warning or explanation--Soviet authorities barred the way. "I think it was just general policy," Viardo said by phone Saturday from New York, where he has lived with his wife and two children for the past year.
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