Slobodianik, Alexander , brilliant Russian pianist; b. Kiev, Sept. 5, 1941. He studied at the Moscow Cons. with Gornostaeva, graduating in 1964. In 1966 he received fourth prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He subsequently undertook numerous concert tours in Russia and abroad. He was particularly successful during his American tours in the 1970s. Like most Russian pianists who venture abroad, he astounds by his unlimited technical resources, but he is also appreciated for the romantic elan of his playing.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire