Classical Expressions: Alexei Aceto

Ithaca pianist Alexei Aceto plays music by Franz Schubert, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt, and Felix Mendelssohn. He tells a little about each piece and about his experiences studying and performing.


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Ithaca Classical Pianist To Appear On Expressions

Alexei Aceto, an extremely talented classical pianist from Ithaca will appear on a brand new episode of Expressions, premiering Thursday, April 27th at 8pm. A senior in high school, Alexei recorded an evening of classical standards from composers such as Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Schubert in front of a live studio audience at the WSKG Studios. The hour long program will also include interview clips where Alexei discusses his early start playing the piano, his influences and future plans. Enjoy this promo and be watching for Expressions with Alexei Aceto!

This program was produced with the help of Classical Pianists of the Future

Pianist Alexei Aceto Performs in Binghamton

Classical Pianists of the Future has found their next performer right in our area.  Seventeen year old Alexei Aceto is a native of Ithaca and a student of Charis Dimaras of Ithaca College. He is performing at United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango Street in Binghamton. He talks with us about his favorite composers and about being an ambassador for classical music to students his own age.


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Pianists Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman Play Piano Duets

Classical Pianists of the Future bring together two of their past performers, Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman, for a special Classical Expressions program on WSKG Television.  In the first half Michael Davidman plays the first and third movements of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No.2 in B-Flat minor, Op.23 and Anastasia Rizikov plays Frederic Chopin’s Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23. In the second half they play Rachmaninoff’s Six Morceaux, Op.11, trading places at the piano halfway through, and then finish the program with Rachmaninoff’s Italian Polka.


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Classical Expressions featuring Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman

WSKG Arts along with the Classical Pianists of the Future proudly present a special performance featuring Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman. Both of these precocious talents have graced the Classical Expressions stage in years past and we are happy that they decided to return for another hour of classical piano. Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov is a remarkably poised and precocious seventeen year old who has already won major prizes all over the world. Resolving to compete in adult competitions since the age of twelve, Anastasia won first places over musicians twice her age in the following competitions: the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, along with prizes for best compulsory work by E. Pozzoli, and audience prize (Seregno, Italy, 2015). Born in New York City in 1997, Michael Davidman started piano lessons at five years old at Greenwich House Music School with Michiyo Morikawa, then from 2005-2015 piano performance with Efrem Briskin at Manhattan School of Music, conducting with Jonathan Strasser 2009-2015, and conducting with David Gilbert 2013-2015.

Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman Play Piano Four-Hands

Classical Pianists of the Future are putting together two of their most popular performers in an evening consisting of a short solo program from each of them, followed by music for piano four-hands, including Franz Schubert’s Fantaisie in F, Maurice Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnol, Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun in Ravel’s arrangement, and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman talk about the excitement of collaborating at the same piano, and the challenges of practicing when the other is not there.   The program is on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30pm in the United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango Street in downtown Binghamton.


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Drew Petersen

WSKG Arts and Classical Pianists of the Future are proud to present Drew Petersen as he takes the Classical Expressions stage. The 22-year old Petersen has been playing since the age of five and he enthralled the live studio audience at WSKG Studios with his talent and poise. Award winning pianist Drew Petersen has performed solo and concerto recitals in both Europe and the United States. He has been a top prizewinner in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, and the New York Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. He has performed in the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Euro Arts Festival (Leipzig, Germany), Musica e Arte Festival (Italy), Music Festival of the Hamptons (NY), and Tanglewood (MA). At home in New York City, he has performed at Symphony Space, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Rose Theater in Lincoln Center, and Christie’s Auction House.

Pianist Drew Petersen Performs in Binghamton

Classical Pianists of the Future are presenting a concert by twenty-two year old Juilliard student Drew Petersen at United Presbyterian Church on Chenango Street in downtown Binghamton.  The program includes music by Beethoven, Chopin, and Schumann.


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Classical Pianists of the Future

WSKG Arts has been proud to work with the Classical Pianists of the Future over the past five years, and this Arts and Culture Short takes a look at this local organization. Founded by Alvin Williams and Lance G. Hill in 2006, this local non-profit organization strives to find a forum for talented young pianists to perform in front of live audiences. Their mission is to educate young people about the value of classical music and for everyone to enjoy its vast riches. WSKG’s Expressions has featured six artists (ranging in ages from 12-23) that were brought to the area by the Classical Pianists of the Future, and each one has astounded the audience with their prodigious talents.

Watch Chloe Zhang’s live performance on Expressions here.

"Chloe" Chuyue Zhang

WSKG Public Media and the Classical Pianists of the Future proudly present “Chloe” Chuyue Zhang as she takes the Classical Expressions stage. Chloe is currently in her senior year of Bachelor of Music degree program in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She has won numerous awards in the United States and in her native China. This program features Chloe masterfully performing pieces from Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. WSKG Classical Music Director Bill Snyder hosts and conducts a mid-performance interview with Chloe.

Olga Krayterman

WSKG and the Classical Pianists of the Future proudly present an Expressions recital featuring Olga Krayterman. Olga is a Belarussian-born American pianist and an accomplished performer of solo and chamber repertoire. In addition to garnering the 2013 Young Artist Prize of the National Federation of Music Clubs, she has also been awarded first prizes at the Concours International de Piano du Moulin d’Andé in France, the Stravinsky Competition, the Southeastern Piano Festival in South Carolina, and a prize at the Thousand Island International Piano Competition. Having begun her piano study in her native Belarus, Olga continued her musical education in Cincinnati after immigrating to the U.S. with her family in 1995. Olga has earned her Doctorate in Piano Performance and Literature with a Minor in Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she also completed her Master’s and her Bachelor’s with High Distinction.

Pianist Anastasia Rizikov comes back to Binghamton

Anastasia Rizikov returns to Binghamton for a recital of music by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Balakirev, along with the Rachmaninoff Cello Concerto in g minor with cellist Stephen Stalker.  She and Lance G. Hill of Classical Pianists of the Future speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder


Photograph courtesy Anastasia Rizikov


Victoria Young

At a young age, Victoria Frances Young has already performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Steinway Hall in New York City. In 2011, she was awarded a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with her performance on NPR’s From the Top. Victoria made her orchestral debut at age six with the Nevada Chamber Symphony and made her international solo debut at ten in Dominican Republic. In January 2013 she won the grand prize in the 40th Midland-Odessa Symphony National Young Artists Competition. In March, Victoria won the Special Jury Prize in the 8th J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Würzburg, Germany—competing with pianists up to 36 years old.