Combining the Best in Technology with the Best in Piano Pedagogy!
Alexander Peskanov, concert pianist, composer and master teacher, emigrated to the United States in 1973. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Peskanov made his orchestral debut under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich, and has since traveled the world performing, and spreading the great traditions of the Russian Piano School. The author's series of six books, "The Russian Technical Regimen for the Piano" and video series "In Search of Sound" share all the secrets of Russian piano technique including weight-produced sound, flying finger technique, and a wide range of exercises, practiced by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and other piano giants of the Russian School.
With the assistance of the internet and a video camera, piano teachers and students have the opportunity to gain knowledge and improve piano performance through viewing live demonstrations of technique and repertoire, and receiving an invaluable critique from a world-renowned master teacher. The Peskanov International Video Exchange is now even easier with free registration for Online Piano Video Lessons (Real Time), Virtual Piano Olympics, as well as, exchanging prerecorded video files through free drop-box service.
Peskanov is also the founder of the Piano Olympics program. Since 1991, he has held Piano Olympic events throughout the country, assisting teachers and students in mastering higher levels of piano performance. This concept is the first of its kind and presents all the technical requirements traditionally used in the curriculum of special Soviet music schools. Peskanov's Piano Olympics is not designed as a competition. Everyone is a winner - there are no losers! Each participant feels as though he or she is a part of the same team.
Alexander Peskanov was greatly inspired by his first piano teacher, Rosalia Molodietzkya. The impact of daily lessons with Rosalia became the driving force behind his quest to share the knowledge of how to achieve technical freedom, and be able to express thoughts and emotions through music. Peskanov's International Piano Exchange allows students all over the world to connect and have a lesson with a living composer and master teacher. It's an exciting opportunity to study with a concert artist who has performed in recital and with major symphony orchestras. There's no need to travel to New York! The video is a personal and detailed analysis which can enhance the work of private studios, and allows students to preserve a lesson to be viewed again and again!
"This brilliant pianist can create incredible excitement and knows how to please a crowd. "
The Washington Post
A powerful player with a temperament and virtuoso flair. "
The New York Times
"Peskanov gave a total performance, full of energy and lyricism "
The Financial Times, London
"It's not an elegant phrase, but I will use it anyway: we were blown away! Peskanov's playing sweeps the listener along. His Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto had us breathing with every phrase, climbing the heights of every climax.
If you ever get a chance to hear Peskanov perform Chopin's "Revolutionary Etude", we have one word of advice: "Go!"