The Leschetizky School→ Biography for Pianist and Professor, Alexander Peskanov
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On the very same identical musical family tree (as Steven Heitman and my Professor Krasoff), Yesipova was a pupil of Leschetizky. She was also a professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory from 1893, until her death in 1914. She was a firm believer in the artistic and technical aspects of The Leschetizky School.
She believed that freedom of movement along with “active fingers, target-prepared chords, slicing octaves and the development of good taste” would lead to graceful, even, and light playing. In addition, both Leschetizky and Yesipova were not only some of the finest virtuosos in the world, but also were composers who wrote some of the most magnificent pages in the history of piano playing—of course, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.
Professor Alexander Peskanov, a concert pianist and composer, appeared as soloist with the London Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony and orchestras of Baltimore, St. Louis, Houston, Utah and others.
Concertized in 48 states and 20 countries on four continents. Recipient of the ASCAP awards for music theater compositions. He graduated from the Stolyarsky School of Music, Odessa, Ukraine, and received his graduate-level degree from The Juilliard School in New York.
“ A powerful player with a temperament and a virtuoso flair. ”Reviewed by and press acclaim, The New York Times
“ 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 Third [piano] Concerto has 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!’ ”Reviewed by and press acclaim, Clavier
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