Kirill Gliadkovsky
School / Office / Department
Arts, Media, Performance and Design
Program / Division


Mr. Gliadkovsky's performances have been met with great enthusiasm by both audiences and music critics in Europe, Russia and North America. Josef Woodard, a critic at the Los Angeles Times, wrote: "...the intensity and a nicely honed musicality left the audience stunned...enthralling...all in all, a gripping and masterful performance". “Fine dramatic sense…appealing range of emotional effects and pianistic devices…wonderful” writes Fort Worth Star-Telegram; “The most impressive…memorable… deep musician… fine interpretation” - Izvestia (Moscow, Russia). Since making his first public appearance in Moscow at the age of 6, Mr. Gliadkovsky has toured extensively on three continents performing piano and organ recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in various cities in Russia, including Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy and Rachmaninoff Halls, St.-Petersburg Philharmonic's Glinka Hall, as well as in Italy, U.K., Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States. The venues included Purcell Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA, Centers for the Arts in Scottsdale and Chandler AZ, National Gallery of Art and Catholic University in Washington, DC, 1st Congregational Church in Los Angeles, Philharmonic Hall in Poznan, Poland, and many others. He has performed at various music festivals, such as Aspen, Ventura, Music in the Mountains, Redlands Bowl festivals in the USA, Credomatic Festival in Costa Rica, Orfeo Festival in Vipiteno, Italy, and worked with well-known conductors Pierre Boulez, Mehli Mehta, Gordon Johnson, John Farrer, Mischa Semanitzky, Patrick Flynn, among others. His CDs include 2 CDs for Alexei Records, 5 CDs for CMK Classics labels, as well as multiple broadcasts of his concerts on nationwide TV and Radio networks in USA, Russia and other countries.

Kirill Gliadkovsky has performed with singers, instrumental duo partners and with various chamber music groups in concert series, competitions, and festivals in the US and abroad. He, his wife Anna, and their two daughters, Anastassia and Sophia perform as a family piano ensemble, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching at Saddleback College as a Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies. Prior to coming to Saddleback, he has been on thAe piano faculty at USC and Santa Monica College and served as the Head of the Piano Area at SUU (Southern Utah University) in Cedar City, UT. Mr. Gliadkovsky has been in demand as a masterclass artist-teacher, guest lecturer and piano adjudicator in piano competitions in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Columbus, Washington, D.C. and many other cities. His students have won prizes at various piano contests, including international ones (over 20 awards just in the past 2 years) and have been accepted to schools such as USC, UCLA, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Peabody and San Francisco Conservatories, UCSB, UNT, SMU, BYU and USU, often with fellowships and scholarships. Dr. Gliadkovsky has given lectures and demonstrations at many music conferences, including the MTNA national and various MTA state affiliates, MTAC in CA and HUIC in Hawaii. He has recently published an article on artistic pedaling and an interview about piano technique in California Music Teacher Magazine. In the past year alone, he performed and gave masterclasses in NM (twice), AZ (3 times), IN, LA, TN, OH (twice), as well as in both Southern and Northern California.

At Saddleback College, Kirill Gliadkovsky teaches Applied Piano, Advanced Piano, which includes performance practices for different styles, Pedagogy, Organ, and Piano Ensemble, among other classes.

Formal Education

  • Master's (1993) and Doctorate in Piano Performance (1996) with several other fields (organ, conducting, harpsichord, history) - USC (University of Southern California)
  • Diploma in Piano Performance (1990), other fields - (organ, theory) - Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • Articles on Pedaling and Piano Technique in California Music Teachers Magazine; 6 CDs on Alexei Records and CMK Classics labels; numerous recordings on YouTube; ongoing active performing schedule


Winner of several major international piano competitions in Europe and the USA.

  • Full scholarship awards at USC (1991-1996).
  • Outstanding Graduate Awards at USC (1993 for MM and 1996 for DMA degrees).
  • Student winners in numerous US and international piano competitions, multiple student scholarship awards.


  • Member of MTNA and MTAC