DMA American Conservatory of Music
Doctoral Studies, Moscow Conservatory
MM Conservatory of Baku (former U.S.S.R)
One of the last pupils of the great Heinrich Neuhaus, Vladimir Leyetchkiss began his piano studies in Baku, Russia and later studied at the Moscow Conservatory. Emigrating from Russia to the United States in 1974, Vladimir has built a reputation as a concert pianist, teacher and a transcriber, specializing in Russian and Romantic music. Leyetchkiss is a frequent performer on WFMT and has done several European tours. He has served as a juror in many piano competitions and appeared as soloist at national conventions of the American Liszt Society and the International Rachmaninoff Society. His recordings for Orion, Centaur, and Classic Digital include Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Sonata Opus 109, “Russian Virtuoso Piano Music,” “Great Piano Transcriptions,” “Taneyev and Scriabin,” “My Favorite Tchaikovsky,” “Russian Piano Masterpieces” and his most recent compact disc, “Russian Reveries.” His transcriptions include a piano version of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” approved by the composer and published in Moscow and in New York by G. Schirmer. He was also the translator for “My Memories of Liszt,” by Alexander Siloti, a student of Liszt.