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ALEXANDER PANKU:
Our East Coast Classical Piano Music Editor


Biography

Alexander Panku has been widely recognized as a compelling musical personality. He has been active as a concert pianist, teacher, composer and organist for many years. Born in Bucharest, Romania, he studied at the George Enescu Music School and the Bucharest Conservatory of Music with distinguished artists teachers. He was the winner of the “Beethoven” competition at the Music School. He made his recital debut at the age of fourteen and the concerto debut at seventeen with the Beethoven Concerto No. 1, at the prestigious Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. One year later he played the Mozart Concerto K. 450 at the Radio-TV Hall, which was televised. During the summers of 1972 through 1976 he studied at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg with renowned pianist-conductor Carlo Zecchi. He studied briefly with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and obtained a scholarship to study at the Neufchatel Conservatory in Switzerland. He continued his studies in the United States at Temple University and graduated with “Magna Cum Laude”, winning the Concerto Competition with the Beethoven “Emperor” Concerto in 1981. Also he obtained a scholarship from the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, and was elected Who's Who Among Students (1980-81).


Mr. Panku has been playing solo, orchestral, and chamber music concerts for more than thirty years both in Romania and in the United States. His repertoire, rooted in the Classical and Romantic genres, ranges from Bach and Scarlatti to Schonberg, Prokofiev and other modern composers and includes his own compositions. He has been on the piano faculty at several institutions, such as Temple University, Settlement Music School, Academy of Community Music and Bryn Mawr Conservatory.

He has been teaching piano since 1979 and has been on the Piano Faculty at several institutions, such as Temple University, Settlement Music School, Academy of Community Music and Bryn Mawr Conservatory. Also he has taught many private students of all ages and all levels. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance from Temple University where he studied with Mr. Harvey Wedeen, distinguished artist-teacher. Following recital appearances in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer writes: “This was a thoughtful and introspective “Waldstein”, yet one which, despite freely changing tempos, was very carefully controlled. His performances have received critical acclaim and he has been described as “a definitive performer, reflecting much of the soul-searching, training, and refining concepts of artistic identity within a deep and mature talent that he has.”

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