Alex Abdoulaev is a pianist, conductor, researcher, and band leader based in Baltimore, Maryland. Alex has been studying piano in some capacity since 1985, and has been teaching piano, music theory, and music history professionally for over fifteen years.Alex studied both classical and jazz piano under such noteworthy teachers as Radoslav Kvapil, Teofils Bi?is, Thomas Mastroianni, Lewis Porter, and Joshua Rifkin. As a professional musician, Alex has experience in classical solo and chamber music, jazz piano, and musical theatre vocal coaching and conducting. Most recently, Alex was seen in Washington, D. C. with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, performing George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" under the baton of Maestro Jeffry Newberger. Additionally, Alex is also the artistic director of two Maryland-area jazz bands: the swing septet "Soviet Space Dogs," and the jazz-cabaret quintet "Ghosts of Weimar." In 2014, Alex graduated with a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Boston University, where he completed his dissertation titled "Savoy: A Portrait of the World's Finest Ballroom, 1926-1958." Currently, Alex is a professor of music history at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he maintains a full schedule of teaching and research duties. His current research interests include the role of blues as a tool of social protest in modern society; development of film music; and a variety of ethnographic and musicological topics in 1940s jazz.
Franz Liszt - "Sposalizio" from Deuxième Année de Pèlerinage: Italie, S. 161
Claude Debussy - "Reflets dans l'eau" from Images, L.110
Claude Debussy - Estampes, L. 100
Robert Schumann - Carnaval, op. 9
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