Presented by Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi, NCTM
Praised as an intelligent and sensitive performer, Alejandro Cremaschi was born in Mendoza, Argentina. He currently teaches piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the United States. He received a Doctorate degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, and undergraduate degrees from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, in Argentina, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He studied with Edith Peinado de Drago, Dora De Marinis, Nancy Roldan and Lydia Artymiw.
Mr. Cremaschi’s repertoire includes works from the traditional European canon, as well as works by American and Argentine composers such as George Crumb, Carlos Guastavino, Juan Jose Castro and Alberto Ginastera. He has performed in numerous cities worldwide, including Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Montreal, Kuala Lumpur, London, Washington and New York. He has appeared as a soloist with the Argentine National Symphony Orchestra, the Cuyo Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in Argentina and the United States. He was a prize winner at the International Beethoven Sonata Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee in 2001.
Alejandro Cremaschi is intensely involved in the performance and recording of music from Argentina. Between 1996 and 2002 he was a member of Fundacion Ostinato, an Argentine foundation dedicated to the dissemination of the works by Argentine composers, created and directed by his former teacher Dora De Marinis. Together with other members of this foundation, he toured the United States, Canada, Germany and Spain, performing recitals and offering lectures on music by Argentine composers. In 1996, he took part in the recording of piano solo works by Guastavino, which was released commercially as part of a 3 CD compilation by the label IRCO in 1997. Also in association with Ostinato, he recorded music by Luis Gianneo that was released by the international label Marco Polo in a 3-CD set in 2001 and 2002.
He premiered the work Argentina Fantastica for piano and orchestra by the Argentine composer Guillermo Silveira with the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, and numerous solo and chamber works by Argentine Luis Jorge Gonzalez. A CD with solo and chamber music by Gonzalez was released in 2009 by the label Meridian. A new CD with Gonzalez’s solo and chamber music will be released in 2011 by the same label. In addition to Argentine composers, Mr. Cremaschi performs contemporary American and European repertoire. In 2001 and 2003 he offered the Argentine premieres of Makrokosmos II and Little Suite for Christmas by the American composer George Crumb at the EncuentrosInternational Contemporary Music Festival in Buenos Aires.
A researcher in the areas of Latin American music, group piano, technology-aided instruction, motivantion, practice and cooperative learning, Dr. Cremaschi has been a presenter at the Class Piano and Piano Pedagogy national conference, the National Conference in Keyboard Pedagogy, the MTNA, MENC and ISME national and international conferences. His curent research lines include the study, performance and recording of music by Argentine composers, the study and implementation of cooperative learning strategies in the piano classroom, the use of technology to aid the acquisition of piano and sightreading skills, and the influence of self-efficacy beliefs in piano students’ achievement and motivation. His reviews and articles have appeared in the Keyboard Companion magazine, Clavier magazine, American Music Teacher magazine, the European Piano Teachers Association Piano Journal, Journal of Technology in Music Learning, and the Piano Pedagogy Forum on-line journal. Under his direction, the piano pedagogy area at UC Boulder offers a Master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy, and 7 different undergraduate and graduate pedagogy courses.
“Pristine piano technique… Passionate.” Washington Post
“I was impressed both by the sensitivity and imagination of your interpretation [of my Little Suite for Christmas] and your impeccable technical skills. You certainly have a magical way of communicating with your audience without violating the poetic content of the music.” George Crumb, composer.