Pianist Alex Slobodyanik is Familiar to Plymouth-Area Audiences

October 3rd, 2006 by Adam

pianistAlex Slobodyanik who is recognized as a major figure among the new generation of pianists worldwide by critics, audiences and musicians alike, will present a single concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 12, at The Silver Center for the Arts.

The son of renowned concert pianist Alexander Slobodyanik, he began piano lessons with his mother, Natalia, when he was six years old. The following year he entered the Central Music School in Moscow.

He later moved to the United States, where he studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1990, at age 15, Slobodyanik became the youngest pianist ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He took the Grand Prize at the 1991 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and received the Gilmore Young Artist Award in 1995. In 2003 he was named a BBC New Generation Artist. Slobodyanik toured North America with the Kirov Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, in 2002, concluding with a critically acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall.

His recitals include appearances at Wigmore Hall (London), the Academy of Music (Philadelphia), and Suntory Hall (Tokyo). Slobodyanik has participated in many international music festivals, including Ravinia, Lockenhaus, Marlboro, and the Semaines Musicales in Tours, France.

His recording debut with EMI Classics received rave reviews. Gramophone said he is a “truly prodigious talent” and his playing is “breathtaking.” Newsweek called him “A visceral performer with a big sound.”

Slobodyanik’s Plymouth State performance is presented by the Student Senate concert committee. Tickets are $15 adults, $13 seniors and $8 youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.