Biography: Born and trained in Russia, Mr. Nakhimovsky received degrees in jazz (with Jackie McLean) theory of music (Ed Diemente) and piano accompaniment (Luiz de Moura Castro) from the Hartt School of Music in 1988 and has been performing to critical acclaim ever since. As a musical director and pianist aboard cruise ships he traveled to six continents alternating jazz and classical solo programs, as well as conducting and arranging. As a freelance musician performing jazz, classical, cabaret, Broadway and world music he performed throughout the USA, including concert appearances at Steinway Hall, the Village Gate and the Town Hall in New York City.
His jazz performances include concerts with such celebrated musicians as trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, saxophonists Benny Golson, Don Braden and Bobby Watson, trombonist Curtis Fuller and drummer Jimmy Cobb of The Miles Davis Quintet. In 1998 Alex performed at The International Jazz Festival in Novokuznetsk, Siberia with The Tim Armacost Quartet and again in 2001 in
Novokuznetsk and St. Petersburg with the Craig Handy Quartet. Both performances in Novokuznetsk have been recorded on Boheme Music label.
In 2002, Mr. Nakhimovsky returned to Russia with Rhode Island Jazz Vocalist, Shawnn Monteiro performing seven concerts in St. Petersburg, Novokuznetsk and Moscow. The reviewer of one of these concerts noted: "Alex Nakhimovsky is an excellent pianist with his own style where everything is logical and balanced". Later that year he toured Chicago, New York and Boston with premiere Russian jazz violinist David Goloshekin and recorded a CD with Mr. Goloshekin documenting the tour. Alex performs regularly in clubs in the New York and Connecticut region, has participated at the Hartford International Jazz Festival and Torrington Jazz Festival and currently is finishing a recording with jazz vocalist and artist June Bisantz -Evans. In July of this year he is scheduled to perform in Russia again with legendary Jazz Vocalist Sheila Jordan.
As a solo pianist he has performed a number of classical programs, such as From Bach to Shostakovich, 24 Etudes of Chopin, The Romantics (featuring music of Schubert, Liszt, Chopin and Brahms), Russian White Nights (with compositions by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin and Rachmaninov), An Evening of Chopin (featuring his waltzes, nocturnes, polonaise etc) and recently has performed a program called: Rhapsody in Blue and all that early jazz (with jazz influenced compositions of early 20th century and a solo version of the Rhapsody)