Lydia Boguslavsky, piano
One of the most distinguished pianists to emerge from the former Soviet Union, Lidia Boguslavsky has captured audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Russia with a “brilliant combination of technical assurance and sensitivity.” Ever since her debut with the Byelorussian State Philharmonic at the age of 14, Ms. Boguslavsky has been recording and performing extensively, both with orchestras and in solo recitals in major cities of the Soviet Republics. Among her many honors and awards are the Byelorussian Government’s Honorable Award, the Superior Teaching Award from the Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition in New York, and top prizes at the Byelorussian National Competition and the Soviet All-State Competition. A major advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Boguslavsky has premiered and recorded many works by leading Russian and Byelorussian composers and many of them wrote some works in consideration of her artistic individuality. Her passion for collaborative work resulted in a highly successful partnership with the celebrated Metropolitan Opera soloist, Dimitri Kavrakos. Lydia Boguslavsky began her distinguished teaching career early, becoming a piano professor at the Byelorussian State Conservatory upon receiving her Doctorate at the age of 25. Among her students are many competition winners who actively perform and teach both in Russia and in the United States. She has presented master classes in St. Petersburg, Moscow, New York City, as well as cities in Lithuania, Latvia, California, and New Jersey, and has acted as a judge for various competitions, including the MTNA State Competition and The Young Pianists Competition in New Jersey. Ms. Boguslavsky holds degrees from the Moscow Gnessin Pedagogical Institute (DMA), the Moscow Conservatory, and the Byelorussian State Conservatory. She studied piano with such renowned professors as Yakov Milstein, Alexander Yoheles and Eugene Malinin. A highly sought-after pedagogue, Ms. Boguslavsky has published numerous scholarly works, including Working on New Repertoire and The Art of Legato, where she presented her own methods that reflect on the celebrated Russian school of piano playing. Since moving to the United States, Ms. Boguslavsky has taught in New York at the College of Staten Island, the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase, and Wagner College. For the past three years, she has served on the faculty of the International Summer Music Festival in Aurora , MN and Rowan University , NJ.