Bio


 

Hailed as a “sensitive and sophisticated artist,” pianist Alexander Wasserman is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most engaging performers of his generation.

A recent prize winner of the Bauru/Atlanta piano competition, Dr. Wasserman maintains an active concert schedule, with recent recital performances in the cities of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, La Jolla, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Santa Barbara and Washington, D.C. His performances are frequently broadcast on television and classical radio stations throughout the country.

As a concerto soloist, Dr. Wasserman has appeared with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic (CA), the New Valley Symphony (CA), the Suburban Symphony (OH), The Santa Barbara Choral Society and Orchestra (CA), The DeKalb Symphony (GA), The Reinhardt Symphony (GA), and the Parma Symphony (OH) in concertos by Beethoven, Liszt, Grieg, Rachmaninov, and Tchaikovsky.  As an orchestra pianist, Dr. Wasserman appeared as a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop in the summer of 2014.

As a chamber musician, he frequently collaborates with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as guest pianist with the Atlanta Chamber Players. A recent performance of Schubert’s “Trout” quintet with the Atlanta Chamber Players resulted in immediate re-engagement for the Brahms Piano Trio in C Major. As a guest artist for the Atlanta Symphony’s “pre-concert chamber series,” Dr. Wasserman was featured on stage at Atlanta Symphony Hall in a performance of Loeffler’s “Two Rhapsodies” for Viola, Oboe, and Piano with Atlanta Symphony Principal Oboist, Elizabeth Koch-Tiscione and Violist, Jessica Oudin. He has since been invited back to perform on the 2014-15 Atlanta Symphony pre-concert chamber music series.

Equally dedicated to the education of emerging talent, Dr. Wasserman is the recently appointed Artist-in-Residence at Reinhardt University (GA). He also served as Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University (OH) shortly before his move to Atlanta. He has given masterclasses at University of St. Thomas (MN), Westmont College (CA), Cleveland Music School Settlement (OH), Youngstown State University (OH), Kennesaw State University (GA), and Reinhardt University (GA).  In addition, he serves as Founder and Artistic Director of the Reinhardt Piano Festival and Academy – an intensive one-week summer piano festival held at Reinhardt University.  Dr. Wasserman also maintains a private piano studio; his students have been prize winners in the GMEA All-State Competition, GMTA Romantic and Impressionistic Competition, GMTA Piano Competition, MTNA Competition, Nashville International Piano Competition, Rising Stars Competition, Rome Symphony Concerto Competition, Atlanta Community Symphony Concerto Competition, and more.

Alexander Wasserman, a native of Los Angeles, began formal piano studies with Suzanne Julian. He went on to receive degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music (BM), the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM), and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (GPD). Most recently, he completed the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program in Piano Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary teachers include Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Yong-Hi Moon, Daniel Shapiro, and Antoinette Perry. Additional study with Paul Schenly and Sergei Babayan has also been of primary influence.

Dr. Wasserman currently resides in Marietta, GA with his wife, Jessica Oudin, a member of the Atlanta Symphony viola section.