study methodologies with specialization in piano
(I studied all the world-famous methods, including the French, German
and Russian methods),
(semi-weekly, in piano education and musical subjects, with a professor
of the teaching repertory, from the beginner’s
level to the highest level, and
(approaches for pupils of various individual psychological
because I have lived in numerous international locations, I can instruct
my students in several languages.
I am fluent
in Russian, French, and Spanish, and also speak English.
had the great fortune to have Semen
Kruchin as my first teacher. He was a virtuoso
pianist, and laureate of the most prestigious
international piano competitions, such as those
of Queen Elisabeth I.
He formed me from the very beginning. He showed me how to place
my hands, and led me by teaching me his
own concert repertoire.
with my first lesson, he watched over my behavior. He wanted me
to feel comfortable,
have my hands relaxed. He taught me how
to quickly learn scores by heart, how to
obtain and how not to have stage fright. Kruchin never tortured me with
the exercises of Ganone or by using the etudes of Czerny.
my technique was directly acquired using Chopin’s etudes
and concerts, the sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven, the concerts of Rachmaninov,
and the “well tempered clavier” of Bach.
Kruchin’s departure from the Soviet Union, I had other teachers.
Fortunately, among them were none who had never played on stage and
who passed all his life in an armchair, lecturing on what should be
done and what shouldn’t. Instead, I continued to
learn from great concert performers. My professors played for
me, demonstrated to me the result that should be obtained, and gave
me precise and concrete instructions concerning
my individual work at home.
Kastelskiy was my last master while I attended the Highest
Moscow State Conservatory Tchaikovsky.
before, both my mother and my grandmother had also been my teachers,
having worked with me and taught their pupils in my presence.
my students in the same manner I was taught. In my family, I represent
the fifth successive generation of musicians and professors of music.