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Los Angeles, CA  |  Irvine, CA

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Vladimir Khomyakov has established a reputation as one of the most accomplished independent piano pedagogues and mentors. Being an actively concertizing pianist, he is one of California's very few internationally performing piano instructors. 


He is praised by audiences and critics around the world for the virtuosity, charismatic artistry, and emotional intensity of his playing. Perpetuating the heritage of European and American piano schools, he uniquely combines the traditions with the individuality of a sensitive and passionate artist. He concertizes in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America as a pianist, conductor, chamber musician, and soloist with the world’s leading symphony orchestras. By the temperament of his playing, the pianist gravitates towards a large-scale romantic and post-romantic repertoire - his performances of works by Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev are distinguished by power, eloquence, and extreme emotionality, while maintaining the classical stylistic canons. His captivating stage presence, imagination and intelligence of his interpretations greatly resonate with the listener and bear witness to a unique talent.

Dr. Khomyakov is a top prizewinner of numerous prestigious international piano competitions, including St. Petersburg Open (Russia), Anton Rubinstein (Germany), Emil Gilels (Ukraine), ISAM (Germany), Maria Canals (Spain), Jose Iturbi (USA), Hilton Head (USA), Ima Hogg (USA), and many others.

He holds a double Doctorate from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and USC Thornton School of Music, a Master's degree from St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, a Bachelor's degree from St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Music College, an Artist Diploma from USC Thornton School of Music, and Performance Diploma from Mozarteum University in Salzburg. His mentors at various times were such prominent pianists as Daniel Pollack, Alexander Sandler, Mikhail Voskresensky, and Dmitry Bashkirov.


Dr. Khomyakov's students are regular top-prize winners of national and international piano competitions. Being a permanent judge of numerous music competitions in the United States (including MTNA State Finals) and other countries including China, Germany, and Russia, he has a unique chance to guide and prepare his students according to other judges' expectations and particular competition levels. 

Along with collegiate and independent teaching, Dr. Khomyakov regularly gives master classes in numerous countries in Europe, Asia, and North and Latin America. He conducted over five hundred open master-classes just in China. Please check the Schedule page for more information on upcoming master classes. 

Lessons and Consultations are conducted in person in the South Bay of Los Angeles, CA and Irvine, CA, and online over Zoom worldwide. ​

Elite Piano Institute


Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

St. Petersburg Conservatory

USC Thornton School of Music



Dr. Khomyakov has absorbed the very best teaching skills from both ends of the world. Over the past 20 years, he has accumulated incomparable international teaching experience. His pedagogical talent was appreciated during his teaching at the Moscow Conservatory, Saddleback College, USC Thornton School of Music, and Stetson University, and he has been recognized with numerous top-level educational awards. He raised three generations of graduates to successfully continue their piano majors at the world's best conservatories, like Juilliard School, Colburn School, Stanford University, Cornell University, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and USC Thornton School of Music. 

His passionate dedication to teaching causes a uniquely individual approach, with a wise understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each student. In constant collaboration with younger students' parents, Dr. Khomyakov builds a strong learning strategy that results in the most efficient home practice and preparation for each lesson. 

His piano teaching incorporates music theory and advanced ear training learning from the very first steps in music, which is known to be extremely important for the fast and successful development of a young pianist. In fact, Vladimir Khomyakov is the only actively performing specialist in California who introduces the genuine Russian Special Music School system of early music development. This crucial foundation guarantees quick and effortless progress in the later steps in music theory, performance, improvisation, and composition. The materials used during the lessons are exclusive and go far beyond the conventional theory books available in the US, allowing more logical, systematic, practical, and intensive learning. 

Dr. Khomyakov pays special attention to building a strong piano technique from a very early age. His unique educational system, always combined with parents'
control, forms the correct hand position and sufficient finger strength within the first two months of studies. It is well known that proper start is an essential part of piano studies and allows students to achieve tremendous results in piano technique by a very early age. Thus Dr. Khomyakov provides an extensive technical foundation based on the renowned Soviet / Russian heritage and his unique teaching skills.

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