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Pavel Petrov

Russian-American pianist Pavel Petrov, hailed for his “masterful performances, depth of tone, exquisite taste and artistic originality” is an extraordinarily gifted musician, organist, chamber performer, pedagogue and collaborator. Born in a small city of Pyatigorsk, in the Caucasus Mountains of Southern Russia, he made his solo debut at the Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory at the age of 14. Since then, he has received critical acclaim for his performances throughout Russia, Europe, Asia and North America. Memorable recitals include appearances in front of Pope John Paul II, Boris Yeltsin (the first President of Russia), and other numerous dignitaries in embassies in Great Britain, France, Greece, Germany, Spain, Italy and Macedonia.

Mr. Petrov has also participated in various music festivals and international piano competitions including the Kanonji International Music Festival in Japan, the Virtuosos of the 21st Century in St. Petersburg, Russia, the 5th International Laureates Music Festival in Los Angeles, California and Taos, New Mexico, the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the 24th Senigallia International Piano Competition in Italy and the All-Russia Glinka and Safonov Piano Competitions in Russia. As a winner of the award from “The New Names of Russia” International Foundation, his name is listed and kept in the Golden Book of the Charity. Some of Mr. Petrov's orchestral appearances include performances with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Kislovodsk in Russia, with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan and with The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in Greece.

Trained in the rich traditions of the Russian piano school, Mr. Petrov has graduated from Moscow Central Music School for gifted children and earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance, pedagogy and accompaniment from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. Being a student of a famous pedagogue and pianist Valery Kastelsky, who has studied under the guidance of the legendary Henry and Stanislav Neuhauses, for almost 10 years Mr. Petrov was strongly imbibing the traditions of Russian Arts and Russian piano school which provide an influential background in the development of Mr. Petrov’s music career. Additionally, he has also earned the Artist Diploma and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, California, where he continues to refine his musicianship as one of the Doctoral candidates with the help of an outstanding Canadian pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald. Among other Mr. Petrov's mentors was also Sergey Dorensky, a pupil of the legendary Grigory Ginsburg. Mr. Petrov has attended the master classes of Klaus Hellwig, Tamas Ungar, Jose Feghali, Valery Afanassiev and Valery Kastelsky. He is a current member of Music Teachers Association of California, American Guild of Organists, Mu Phi International Music Fraternity and Scriabin International Music Foundation.

In addition to being a noted performer, Mr. Petrov is a dedicated teacher of piano, organ, music theory and composition. Many of his students have won prizes in various music competitions and auditions, including the Young Musicians Foundation Competition, the California International Young Artists Piano Competition, the Liszt International Piano Competition, the Steinway Society of Riverside Scholarship Competition, and the MTAC Concerto Competition. For the last 6 years Mr. Petrov has been serving as an organist at a Lutheran Church in Orange County, California, where he continues to reside in the present time.

“Masterful performance abilities combined with emotional colorfulness, depth of tone, exquisite taste, and artistic originality. One of the most brilliant and distinctive musicians of his generation.”
Tatiana A. Gaydamovich
People’s Artist of Russia
President of Chamber Music Association MSMD
Professor of Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky, Russia

“A musician with an extraordinary talent…A subtle musician, freely and masterly managing his instrument…[his] sophisticated sense of style, combined with his mastery of sound, invariably attracts a wide circle of listeners.”
M.S. Voskresensky
People’s Artist of Russia
Professor of Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky, Russia

“Profound, subtle musician…distinguished by a great technique and emotional intensity…powerful interpretations and deeply touching performances. One of the most original and gifted musicians of his generation.”
Klaus Hellwig
Professor of Piano, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany

“A very gifted and talented pianist. His performances have great command, flair, temperament and sensibility.”
Daniel Pollack,
Professor of Piano, USC Thornton School of Music, USA