DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS
Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Russia)
St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia)
USC Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles, CA
Vladimir Khomyakov is praised by audiences and critics around the world for the virtuosity, charismatic artistry, and emotional intensity of his playing. Perpetuating the heritage of Russian 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.
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.
Being a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (Moscow, Russia), he later received with Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles, CA) in piano with Daniel Pollack, and in instrumental conducting with Larry Livingston. Additionally, he continued studies in a number of international performance courses, including those of Dmitry Bashkirov (Mozarteum University, Salzburg, Austria), Arie Vardi (Tel Aviv University, Israel), Alexey Nasedkin, Naum Shtarkman, and many others in Russia and Europe.
Dr. Khomyakov is a visiting faculty at Stetson University (DeLand, FL), the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), and is an associate professor at the Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, CA), and regularly serves as a jury member and gives master-classes in Russia, China, Europe, countries of Latin America, and in the United States. He is a co-founder and Artistic Director of the Glissando International Piano Festival and Competition (San Diego, CA).
Dr. Khomyakov has absorbed the very best teaching skills from the both ends of the world. Over the past 18 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, Stetson University, and has been recognized with numerous top-level awards. He raised three generations of His graduates successfully continue their major in piano at the world's best conservatories, like Juilliard School, Stanford University, Moscow Conservatory, USC Thornton School.
His passionate dedication to teaching causes unique individual approach, with wise understanding of strengths and weaknesses of each student. In a constant collaboration with younger students' parents, Dr. Khomyakov builds a strong learning strategy, that results into the most efficient home practicing 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 fast and successful development of a young pianist. In fact Dr. Khomyakov is the only specialist in California offering the Russian Special Music School system of an early music development - the most crucial foundation that 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 the very early age. His unique educational system in combination with parent's control results into the correct hand position and sufficient finger strength within the first two months of studies. It is well known that correct start is the most important part of piano studies, and allows students to achieve enormous results in piano technique by very early age. Thereafter Dr. Khomyakov provides extensive technical foundation, based on renowned Soviet/Russian heritage and his own unique teaching skills.