Born May 25, 1882 in Saratov, Russia, VLADIMIR DROZDOFF was the winner of the Gold Medal and the coveted Rubinstein prize as a student of Anna Essipova at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. After several European tours, during which the critics compared him with the two acknowledged masters, Reisenaur and Busoni, he returned to his Alma Mater as a professor of piano under the directorship of Alexander Glazounoff. In that capacity, he was a colleague of N. Rimsky-Korsakoff, A. Liadoff, N. Tsherepnine, Leopold Auer, and Anna Essipova. His students included Jasha Heifitz and Maria Yudina. Drozdoff fled Russia and the Revolution in 1920 and spent three years living in Istanbul, where he and his wife, Anna Schweiger-Drozdoff both taught. He also traveled to Vienna and Paris during this period, teaching and performing. In 1923, he emigrated to the United States.
Drozdoff made his American debut in 1926 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ossip Gabrilovitch. During the next 30 years, he lived in New York City where he appeared frequently on the New York concert stage, often performing with his children, Paul and Nathalie Drozdoff, who were both accomplished pianists. After one of his recitals, he was referred to by Greta Bennet of the New York Journal American as “That distinguished member of Keyboard Disciples.” He was also a prolific composer for voice and piano.
Drozdoff died in March 1960.