World-renowned pianist to conduct master class Debut was made under Rostropovich

April 19, 1993

Alexander Peskanov, an internationally known pianist and founder of the Piano Olympics, will conduct an all-day master class for piano Saturday in Western Maryland College's Levine Recital Hall.

The class, open to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be limited to the first 80 participants. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for students. It was originally scheduled for last month, but was postponed due to the blizzard.

Mr. Peskanov has performed with orchestras in several U.S. cities and appeared on the PBS special, "Odessa on the Savannah -- The Music of Alexander Peskanov." He recently took his Piano Olympics to Hood College in Frederick.

The Piano Olympics is a program for piano pedagogy using Russian school techniques.

A native of Russia and a graduate of the Stoliarsky School in Ukraine, Mr. Peskanov made his American debut as orchestral soloist with the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich.

Since then, Mr. Rostropovich has invited Mr. Peskanov to perform with the National Symphony at Wolf Trap and the London Symphony Orchestra in Albert Hall. The pianist has performed with other prominent orchestras here and abroad, and was soloist on the Polish Chamber Orchestra's six-week U.S. tour.

Mr. Peskanov also composes classical works, musicals and film scores, and has written six books on the Russian Technical Regimen for piano. After his graduation from school in Ukraine, he received his degrees in piano while he studied on a scholarship at the Juilliard School.

Mr. Peskanov's master class at Western Maryland is co-sponsored by the college's Department of Music and the Carroll County Music Teachers Association.

Information: Dr. David Kreider, 857-2559, or 876-2055, Ext. 559.

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