biography - music - photos
After a long period of self imposed silence on my part, I suddenly felt a deep need of contact with my beloved professor and mentor. We took up where we had left, as if I had not disappeared from his intimate attention for all those long years in a correspondence mainly concerning thoughts about music and its performance.
One wintry day of 2003, I recieved a packet containing several photos of A. M. Snegiriov with a letter from him asking me to "keep these pictures, since I would soon not be needing them anymore..."
What I took for a mere polite excuse for an unusual narcissic gesture coming from the man I knew to be so far from such actions, only became cruelly clear one very sad late summer day, when I was informed of his death.
In memory of a man who means so much to me...
Music - selections from radio archive recordings
private recording - piano solo : Brian Schembri,
orchestra piano reduction : A. M. Snegiriov
From 1947 , A. Snegiriov performed numerous piano recitals in Kharkov, Odessa, Kiev, Poltava, Moscow and outside the USSR. He also appeared as piano soloist with symphony orchestras (conductors E. Dushchenko, A. Gulianitsky, I. Gousman), and in chamber ensembles with V. Topilin, B. Sklovsky, M. Eshchenko, V. Selitsky.
His repertoire included the masterpieces of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Khachatourian, as well as the works of Ukrainian composers (Revutsky, Bogdanov, Nechaev, Klebanov, Kossenko).
An eminent pedagogue, he was professor at Kharkov Conservatoire (1953 -1961), and from 1961, professor at Kiev Conservatoire. In 1966-1968 – the dean of the piano department at Kiev Conservatoire. From 1983 to 1996 A. Snegiriov headed the special pianoforte chair, while in 1973 he recieved the Doctorship at Kiev Conservatoire. Among A. Snegiriov's students one can mention V. Bakis, N. Strochan, A. Molchanov, B. Schembri, O. Zdorenko, E. Lebedeva, A. Zaitseva, G. Dobrushkin, E. Basalaeva, N. Visich.