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Faculty: Guest Faculty & Artists

Alexander Korsantia

Ever since winning the First Prize/Gold Medal at the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and the First Prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition, Alexander Korsantia’s career has taken him to many of the world’s major concert halls, collaborating with renowned conductors and orchestras. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Korsantia now resides in Boston where he is a professor of piano on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.

 

Claudio Martinez Mehner

Born in Germany in 1970, Claudio Martinez Mehner studied in Spain, Russia, Italy, Germany and the US with Dmitri Bashkirov, Vitali Margulis and Leon Fleisher, among others. He receiving as well invaluable advice from Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág.

He won top prizes at the International Piano Competitions in Santander (“Paloma O'Shea”, Zaragoza (“Pilar Bayona”) and Milano (“Dino Ciani”). He performs in most major cities in Europe, United States, Russia, Central America, Japan and Korea, with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, Filarmónica of the Teatro Alla Scala, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, Italian Swiss Radio Orchestra or the Norddeutsches Rundfunkorchester.

Claudio Martínez-Mehner is an avid chamber music player and has performed with many ensembles throughout the US, Europe and Asia.
Presently he is piano professor at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Basel, Switzerland and at the “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz” in Cologne, Germany.

 

Pavel Nersessian

One of the most remarkable pianists of his generation in Russia, Pavel Nersessian is known for his ability to play equally convincingly in the whole palette of the piano repertoire. He has been touring Russia and surrounding states from the age of 8, has performed in major cities and halls all over the world, and has won numerous international competition prizes. Upon graduating from the famous Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in 1987, he was invited to join the faculty. He has worked as a professor of piano at Boston University since 2013. He teaches New England Conservatory.

 

Matti Raekallio

Finnish pianist Matti Raekallio studied first in his home country and then with Maria Curcio in London, England, with Dieter Weber at the Vienna Academy of Music in Austria, and at the Leningrad Conservatory in Russia. He did his Doctorate at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Mr. Raekallio has performed complete cycles of the piano sonatas of Beethoven, Scriabin, and Prokofiev, as well as altogether 62 piano concertos. He has made about 20 CDs, including an acclaimed set of the Prokofiev Sonatas.

He has a 45-year career of faculty positions at various top schools, including the Sibelius Academy, the Hochschule in Hanover, Germany, and NYC’s Juilliard School, where he taught for 14 years.

His students include several first prizewinners in major international competitions. He regularly serves as a juror in them, and gives master classes in the USA, Europe and Asia.

In 2022 Mr. Raekallio retired from his faculty positions at Juilliard and at the Sibelius Academy. Currently he concentrates on free lance work as teacher, adjudicator, and pianist.

 

Boris Slutsky

Since his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony in 1980, Boris Slutsky has appeared on nearly every continent as soloist and recitalist. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Slutsky’s collaborations include the critically acclaimed recording of Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Ilya Kaler on the Naxos label, as well as performances with many renowned artists.

Mr. Slutsky has served as a jury member of many international piano competitions and presented master classes throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. His students have won prizes at numerous important international events.

Mr. Slutsky joined the faculty of The Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1993. He was also visiting faculty at Bienen School of Music of Northwestern University and Visiting Professor of Piano at Eastman School of Music. In the fall of 2019 Mr. Slutsky was appointed Visiting Professor of Piano at The Yale School of Music.