Thursday, August 14, 2008

Alexander Slobodyanik (1943-2008)

Alexander Slobodyanik, the Ukrainian-born pianist whose fiery virtuosity and matinee-idol looks created a sensation when he first performed in the West in the 1960s, has died at the age of 65 after contracting infectious meningitis. Slobodyanik emigrated to the United States in 1989, and pursued both performing and teaching careers. His son, Alex Slobodyanik, is a concert pianist.

Alexander Slobodyanik's obituary in The New York Times: