In the history of music, genius often runs in the family. The annals of classical music are peppered with renowned dynasties in which brilliant sons emulate the achievements of their illustrious fathers. Think of Johann Sebastian Bach, several of whose progeny - composers Johann Christian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, among them - made their own indelible mark. Leopold Mozart, a distinguished musician, was famously outshone by his son Wolfgang Amadeus, who became a byword for musical genius. The legacy of the eminent 20th century Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, is carried on by his son, Maxim, a famed conductor and pianist. Yet it's not often that an entire family of multigenerational talents perform together in a single inspired ensemble. The Ashkenazy family does just that. And thanks to Hong Kong's Chopin Society, Hong Kong music lovers will be treated to an unforgettable recital by one of the leading concert pianists of our time and his two gifted sons. On Friday, Vladimir Ashkenazy will perform Schumann, Poulenc, Schubert, Ravel and Lutoslawski compositions on piano, accompanied by his sons, Vovka and Dimitri, a pianist and a clarinetist respectively. Born in 1937 in Soviet Russia, Vladimir Ashkenazy catapulted to international fame in 1962 when he won first prize in piano at the Tchaikovsky Competition. Today, hailed as a peerless interpreter of Romantic and Russian composers, he has built an extraordinary career not only as a renowned contemporary virtuoso pianist, but also as a famed recording artist. Ashkenazy's comprehensive recording catalogue boasts such gems as the 1999 Grammy award-winning Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, Rautavaara's Piano Concerto No 3 (a work which he commissioned), Bach's Wohltemperierte Klavier, Rachmaninov Transcriptions, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, and a recent recording of piano and clarinet duos with his son Dimitri. The 72-year-old patriarch, who lives in Iceland, is also an internationally recognised conductor who has wielded the baton for the Czech Philharmonic, Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and other world-famous outfits. Since January last year, the maestro has been working as principal conductor and artistic adviser to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Appropriately titled as 'Ashkenazy X 3', the recital in Hong Kong will also feature Vovka and Dimitri Ashkenazy. Vovka is an accomplished pianist, who made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1983, performing Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. His career has since blossomed, taking him all across Europe and beyond - to Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the Americas. Vovka has appeared with almost all the major British orchestras, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Australian Chamber and the Berlin Symphony Orchestras at such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, the Sydney Opera House, the Berlin Philharmonic and London's Royal Festival Hall. A sought-after music teacher and an active chamber musician, he has recorded a CD of Italian music with his brother, the clarinettist Dimitri, together with whom he repeatedly toured Japan. Born in 1969, Dimitri has also performed widely like his brother, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. In addition to the major concertos for the clarinet, his repertoire extends to such contemporary works as Peter Maxwell Davies's Strathclyde Concerto No 4, which he has performed with the composer himself, Krzysztof Penderecki's Viola Concerto, and world-premiere performances of concertos by Marco Tutino and Filippo del Corno. He has also performed with the Kod?ly and Faust Quartets, and with such partners as Barbara Bonney, Cristina Ortiz, Maria Jo?o Pires and, of course, his brother, and his father. The family recital comes as part of maestro Ashkenazy's commitment to support the city's vibrant musical scene via the activities of the Chopin Society of Hong Kong. Ashkenazy, the Society's honorary president, acts as chairman of the Hong Kong International Piano Competition organised every three years by the Chopin Society (with the next competition scheduled for 2011) and has been instrumental in bolstering the competition's credentials by inviting a world-class jury. Thanks to his great stature in the world of music, Ashkenazy - who conducted the previous competition's gala performance in 2008 and has agreed to do so again next year - has helped to augment the reputation of the society and its activities. Last December, the maestro conducted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a piano concerto performed by Hong Kong pianist Rachel Cheung during events organised by the Chopin Society. He has also introduced an archival CD collection for the Society's recording label Alpha Omega Sound.