Alexander Braginsky

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Alexander Braginsky

Alexander Braginsky was born and educated in Moscow. He received his first piano lessons from his mother, a well-known concert pianist. At the age of six he began study with Alexander Goldenweiser, a close friend of Leo Tolstoy and a classmate of Rachmaninov and Scriabin. It was through Goldenweiser, with whom he spent 12 years as his youngest student, that Braginsky came into contact with the great 19th-century romantic tradition. After Goldenweiser death, he continued to study with Theodore Gutman, another illustrious representative of the "Golden Age" of Russian piano school.

Braginsky's repertoire extends from Baroque to avant-garde. He performed over twenty world premieres, most of which were works commissioned and written for him, including music by Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen and Paul Fetler's Piano Concerto, commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Braginsky performed extensively in the former USSR, Israel, England, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, the People's Republic of China, Spain, France and the United States. The London Times characterized Braginsky's playing as "splendid" and the Chicago Sun-Times called him "... a pianist with a fine, commanding sound that he can also use with great delicacy and expression."

Braginsky has recorded for DDF, Sound StarTone and d'Note labels. He has appeared repeatedly on BBC, National Public Radio, RTB-BRT and other radio stations throughout the world.

Braginsky was artist-in-residence in Churchill College, England in 1981 and 1986. He is Professor on the faculty of the International Music Summer Course in Vienna, Austria, and has given numerous masterclasses in Europe, Asia and North America. Many of his students have won national and international competitions. In the summer of 2006, Braginsky will serve on the faculty of the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York City.

Braginsky frequently judges International and National Piano Competitions. He is the Artistic Director of the Musicians in Debut International (MIDI) as well as the Founding President and the Artistic Director of the International Piano-e-Competition.

Professor Braginsky's studio is usually full. Prospective students interested in studying with him are encouraged to contact him.

Educational Background & Specialties

Specialties

  • chamber music
  • piano performance
Courses Taught
  • MusA 1101 - Piano--Elective
  • MusA 1301 - Piano--Major
  • MusA 1401 - Piano--Secondary
  • MusA 1501 - Piano--Major
  • MusA 1901 - Piano--Transfer
  • MusA 2301 - Piano-Performance Major
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member, Keyboard Division, School of Music, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Founder/President, Musicians in Debut International: 1998
  • Member, Graduate Committee, School of Music, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Member, Performance Area, School of Music, University of Minnesota: 2002

Creative

  • Founder, President, and Artistic Director, International Piano-e-Competition: August 1, 2002 - August 16, 2002
  • Artist-in-residence, Churchill College, Cambridge, England: 1981 - 1986
  • Recital, "Music of the Last Century" with Tanya Remenikova, Ted Mann Concert Hall, works by Hindemith, Prokofiev, Britten, and Paulus: February 17, 2002
  • "International Master-course," Vienna, Austria: July 29, 2002 - August 7, 2002
  • Member of the jury, 8th International Piano Competition, Andorra: November 23, 2002 - December 1, 2002
Publications
  • Interpreting Soviet Music: Braginsky, Alexander, Academic International Press, USSR: Facts and Figures, 7 281-286, 1983.
Awards
  • Artist in Residence, Piano Festival, Missouri Western State College, April 10, 1997 - April 12, 1997
  • The Career Enhancer's Mozart Award, Minneapolis Rotary Club, 1999
  • National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Award, 1996