About pianist Alexei Panov
December 3, in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle, an evening concert was held with the participation of the Czech Virtuosi chamber orchestra, in which the famous pianist and conductor, International Competition winner Alexei Panov (Moscow) performed Concert No.24 for piano and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s orchestra . Behind the conductor’s desk was Ondrej Vrabec (Czech Republic). The organizer of the annual event was the “United Society of the Blind and Visually Impaired in the Czech Republic”. This was not the first visit for the Moscow pianist to the Czech capital. At eighteen, Alexey Panov received a diploma from the prestigious International Competition of Musicians in Prague, and twelve years later he won first prize and a Grand Prix at the same competition.
Graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory. P.I. Tchaikovsky (class of Professor Yuri Stepanovich Slesarev), Alexey Petrovich Panov was born in Moscow in 1969. The child’s early musical abilities for several years kept close attention of the USSR press and television, psychologists, specialists from Japan and other countries. Not being familiar with musical notation, the boy already at 5 years old knew by heart such complex works as the operas The Queen of Spades and The Enchantress by P. I. Tchaikovsky, Boris Godunov by M. P. Musorgsky and could absolutely any fragment of them play from memory on the piano. He was called a child prodigy, “the second Mozart”, “blind musician” … The thing is that Alyosha was born practically blind. The first eight years of his life passed in the struggle for vision, which was only partially restored. But this, apparently, was God’s Providence about him: a partially impaired child was endowed with a unique harmonious hearing and a phenomenal memory. In 1974, a landmark meeting of the little geek with the great Shostakovich took place. The boy’s abilities made a great impression on the composer.
Alexei received a musical education on a common basis. He graduated with honors from the Moscow Conservatory and graduate school with her. As a senior student, he took part in the II International Piano Competition named after S.V. Rachmaninov, and also traveled to Estonia (at the invitation of the Tallinn Conservatory) with a recital composed of the Rachmaninoff program for performance in the ancient Estonian Town Hall. After graduating from the conservatory, Alexey Panov combines concert activity with teaching in musical institutions in Moscow and the Moscow region. In 2002, as a specialist in the work of S.V. Rachmaninov, on behalf of the Museum of Musical Culture named after M.I. Glinka, Alexey Petrovich receives an invitation to play the world premiere of Suite in D Minor, which was previously considered lost. A little later, in 2003, his conductor’s debut took place in the city of Cherepovets. In the concert, he performed with great success as a conductor and soloist. In the history of our country, it has never been before that an orchestra was run by a person with a small residue of vision. In 2004, at the invitation of Professor Leonid Vladimirovich Nikolaev, Alexey Panov again entered the Moscow Conservatory, this time in the opera and symphony conducting class. A devoted love of music, an inherent phenomenal memory and a very sensitive inner ear help to realize a long-held dream – he wants to be a conductor! Alexey Petrovich has to learn the scores by heart, while other conductors keep notes on their console. A parallel is drawn immediately with the great Arturo Toscanini, who kept his entire repertoire in his head and always conducted from memory. But, unfortunately, Alexey Panov had to leave the 5th year of the conducting faculty immediately after the death of his beloved teacher, Professor Nikolaev. Among the teachers of the department to deal with a person with poor eyesight, no one was willing, despite the fact that Alexei Petrovich could give odds to any sighted musician. In addition, he began to demand a fee for further studies, and he could not afford it. After leaving the conservatory, he began to engage in self-education: he studied scores, audio and video recordings of masters of conducting art, analyzed numerous interpretations of the same work, creating his own interpretation of the reading of the score. And this year, after seven years, thanks to associate professor Stanislav Dmitrievich Dyachenko, Alexei Petrovich resumes his studies at the conservatory, now at the faculty of two-year professional retraining in conducting the opera and symphony orchestra.