2018-2019 Professional Concert Series
Alexander Paley

Washington Conservatory of Music presents


Chopin Preludes and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 8 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE (donations welcome) | directions

Pianist Alexander Paley, internationally acclaimed concert soloist and soloist with orchestras throughout the US, Europe, China and South America, returns for his only annual concert in the DC area performing Chopin Preludes and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.

Alexander Paley is widely acclaimed for his dazzling technical prowess, his exceptionally broad and extensive repertoire of concerti and solo piano works, and the depth of his unique and personal interpretations. Originally from Moldova, Paley won the National Music Competition of Moldova. After study at the Moscow Conservatory he went on to win major awards, including First Prize at the Leipzig International Bach Competition, the Bosendorfer Prize, the Grand Prix at the first International Pancho Vladigerov Competition (Bulgaria), the Grand Prix Young Artist Debut (New York), First Prize at Aiex de Vries (Belgium) and Les Victoires de la Musique Classique (France.)

A favorite with audiences in Washington, DC, a Washington Post recital review began: "Once in a while, never often enough, a recital is so exhilarating that it reaches far into the intermission, which becomes a delicious interlude between the lingering vapors of superlative artistry already experienced and the enormous pleasure of knowing there is still more to come". His annual performances for the Washington Conservatory concert series have included the complete Mozart Solo Sonatas and an "all Liszt concert" that was heard on WETA's "Front Row Washington" in 2011.

Prior to his defection to the United States in 1988, Mr. Paley performed frequently throughout the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Mr. Paley now continues to perform extensively throughout Europe and China, including concerti performances with orchestras including the Orchestre National de France, the MDR Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique Monte Carlo, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, and Montreal Symphony. His recital appearances include Radio France (Paris), the Grande Interprètes series (Lyon), Leipzig Gewandhaus, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Laeiszhall (Hamburg), Lille Piano Festival, Opera Theatre of Bescanson, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, The Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing,China), and in other cities including Nancy, Metz, Bourges, Amiens (France), Linz and Vienna (Austria), and many locations in Germany. Mr. Paley has made numerous recordings of a wide range of works.


Audience members are invited to a post-concert Wine & Words in the church social hall – a fun and informal question and answer session with the artist, with complimentary beverages.

The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory presents a professional monthly concert series October through May at Westmoreland Church in Bethesda and other public concerts and events throughout the year at Glen Echo Park. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Back balcony seating at the Westmoreland Circle location is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other audience members and to allow for easy exit. Conservatory Concerts are funded by donations and presented free of charge to allow those of all ages and economic means to enjoy outstanding live classical music in the community. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Parking is on-street on Massachusetts and Western Avenues and in the parking lot of Westmoreland Congregational UCC church. As a courtesy, please refrain from parking in the neighborhood and blocking the driveways of our neighbors.

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