Classical Guitar Lessons by Alexander Vlassenkov
In 1982 Alexander Vlassenkov joined the Minsk College of Music in Belarus, where he studied for 4 years. Then he went on to graduate from the Belarussian Academy of Music in 1990 with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in teaching and performing classical guitar.
He has performed all over Belarus, and worked at Minsk Music School and the Belarus State Pedagogical University from 1983 till 1992. He won prizes in both the USSR Jazz Festival in Appatity (1982), and the Republican Competition in Lida, Belarus (1985). From 1990-1992 he performed in the State Belarussian Philarmonic as a guitar soloist. During that time, he took part in many concerts and guitar festivals in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
In the summer 1994 he went on a concert tour to Germany. While in Germany, he participated in Nurtingen Guitar Festival and studied in master classes with Leo Brouwer, Costas Catsiolis and Sergio Assad. In August 1995 he was invited to participate in the "Burnham Market Festival" in Norfolk, UK, where he performed solo, and in duo with principal BBC cellist Paul Watkins.
In 1996-1999 Alexander was working as "Musician in Residence" at the Orwell Park School, a leading independent English School in Suffolk, UK, where he continued his teaching activities while performing all over the UK. Among the well known British musicians he performed with at this time were: Scott Stroman, Paul Watkins, Sir David Willcocks and others. He also participated in several venues on the BBC.
In 1998 Alex was granted a scholarship to study a postgraduate course with Robert Brightmore at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, UK. He graduated from the Guildhall in 1999 with a Master's Degree in Music Performance, receiving the 1st prize at the School's Guitar Competition.
In 2000 Alexander moved to the USA, where he has continued to perform, and teach guitar and music classes at music schools in Connecticut and Massachussets. In 2001-2006 Alex was trained in Suzuki Guitar method with Frank Longay David Madsen and Mary Lou Roberts at the Hartt Music School, CT.
Alex has composed transcribed, and arranged a number of pieces for classical guitar. He has released six CDs to date. They all include Alex's original compositions and guitar arrangements. Currently Alex resides in Branford, CT, and teaches Classical and Suzuki Guitar at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT.