smiling-portrait BW cropAlex Pryrodny is a New York City based pianist  who uses the techniques of improvisation derived from a lifelong study of classical, jazz and world music and has been lauded as “highly gifted, very thoughtful and highly resourceful musician” by a Grammy Award winning producer Robert Sadin. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1984, Alex started studying piano at the age of 3 and gave his first public performance at the age of 6. By early teens, Alex has won the title of Ukraine’s best young composer twice, as well as several international competitions in classical piano, composition, and improvisation.

He has moved to the United States at the age of 16 to study jazz and classical piano at the University of Maryland and the New School and through private lessons and masterclasses with Andre Watts, Hal Galper, Fred Hersch and others. Alex has been awarded 2nd place at the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition in Switzerland in 2012 and toured in Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the United States. He has recorded 2 solo piano albums and 2 EPs and his work as an arranger has received multiple nominations for the Golden Melody Awards in Asia. In addition to his performance career, Alex is passionate about his work as the Music Director and organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington, NY and the accompanist and music coordinator at Temple Emanu-El in Edison, NJ, organizing a variety of fundraising performances and interfaith and cross-cultural events.

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