Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos
of the former Soviet Union. First Prize winner of the Belarusian
National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano
Competition, Tutunov's playing was described by Soviet Culture,
Moscow, as "exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated
a unique talent".
maintains a busy performing schedule in Europe, China, Mexico, and
the United States as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and on
radio and television. Dr. Tutunov is also in demand as an adjudicator
for piano competitions.
recording of the Abeliovich Piano Concerto was featured as part
of the Emmy award winning soundtrack for the History Channel documentary,
Russia: Land of Tsars, and his CD of the Tchaikovsky Concert Fantasy
with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra was produced in January
2008. Other recordings include: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra
by Peter Sacco with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Albany
Records) and the solo piano works of Lev Abeliovich Sonatas &
Frescoes, Trio, Songs (Altarus Records).
graduated magna cum laude from the Central Music School of the Moscow
Conservatory (studies with Anna Artobolevskaya and Lev Naumov) and
University of North Texas (piano studies with Joseph Banowetz).
Awarded his doctoral diploma with honors in concert performance
from the Belarusian State Conservatory, Dr. Tutunov has taught at
the Minsk College of Music, the University of North Texas, and Illinois
Tutunov now lives in Ashland, where he is Professor of Piano and
Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University. A successful
piano pedagogue, he continues to prepare award-winning students.
Dr. Tutunov is Artist in Residence at the University of Alaska Southeast,
Artistic director of the SOU International Piano Institute, and
was recently named the Director of the Chinese-American International
Piano Institute in Chengdu, China.
- Mr. Tutunov's performance
was exhilarating and inspired. His playing demonstrated a unique
talent. His interpretations were like a breath of fresh air.
- Alexander Tutunov does a thoroughly
convincing, idiomatic and appropriately virtuosic job as the soloist
- Tutunov ignited fireworks
with two of Rachmaninoff's Etude-tableaux. His rock-solid technique
guided him to dead-center note-accuracy. Where other pianists
present Rachmaninoff's showpieces as heavy-handed bombshells,
Tutunov chose to elicit a contagious intimacy while never loosing
sight of sweeping climaxes
this complete artist paraded multiple
layers of voicing.
- Salt Lake
- Alexander Tutunov is one of
the most gifted pianists to emerge from the former Soviet Union.
He displays dazzling virtuosity and an impassioned, fiery temperament,
all in the tradition of Russian pianism at its best.
-Joseph Banowetz, pianist
- It was my pleasure to collaborate
with Alexander Tutunov, unquestionably one of Russia's top-level
-Paul Freeman, Conductor