He was a disciple of Grigory Ginzburg. Axelrod won, ex-aequo with Marina Slesaryeva, the II piano edition of the Prague Spring Festival Competition (1951). In 1955 he obtained a 4th prize at the Concours Long-Thibaud, and two years later he placed second at the inaugural Vianna da Motta Competition. He subsequently held a professorship at the Moscow Conservatory.
- Prague Spring International Music Festival at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-07-27)
- Weapons of mass construction at Concours Long-Thibaud
- Pianistas Colombianos Cerrarán la Tercera Temporada de Música de Cámara at Archive.is (archived 2012-12-01) at National University of Colombia
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