Yakov Kasman

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Yakov Kasman (born c. 1967 in Orel, Russia) is a pianist and professor of piano at UAB. He won a silver medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

His parents played classical music in their home and he loved it from the beginning. They enrolled him in a music school and he eventually won a place in the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory, and then, after four years, in the Conservatory itself.

During two years of mandatory military service, Kasman was stationed at Russia's eastern borders and played drums and brass in a small military band. Afterward he returned to the Conservatory and earned the right to represent his country in international competitions. He won awards in London, Tel Aviv, St Petersburg, Rome and Paris. After finishing at the Conservatory, he earned a post-graduate degree and joined the faculty of the Music College. At the age of 30 he entered the 10th Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.

As the silver medal winner, Kasman was contracted to play a concert for the Huntsville Chamber Music Guild in Alabama. He befriended patrons Bill and Margaret Lindberg, who then worked with others in the community to establish a fellowship at the University of Alabama in Huntsville that would allow him to remain in Alabama with his wife and daughter.

Later Kasman was hired to join the UAB faculty as assistant professor and artist in residence. He has devoted himself to teaching, even while continuing his international performing and recording career.


  • Kasman, Yakov ( ) Tchaikovsky: The Seasons op.37-bis and Grand Sonata in G-Major op.37. Calliope Records
  • Kasman, Yakov ( ) Alexandre Scriabine: Sonates pour Piano 1 á 5. Calliope Records 9254
  • Kasman, Yakov ( ) Alexandre Scriabine: Sonates pour Piano 6 á 10. Calliope Records 9255
  • Kasman, Yakov ( ) Alexandre Scriabine: Intégrale des Sonates pour Piano. Calliope Records 3254
  • Kasman, Yakov and Petr Prause ( ) Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 40 and Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 147 (cello version). Calliope Records 9255
  • The Tallich Quartet and Victor Kasman ( ) Dmitri Shostakovich: Quintet for Piano and Strings and Quartet No. 8. Calliope Records 9320
  • Kasman, Victor and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra ( ) Serge Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26, Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 and Contes de la vieille grand-mere, Op. 31. Calliope Records 9303
  • Kasman, Victor and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra ( ) Lukas Foss: Piano Concerto No. 2. Harmonia Mundi 907243
  • Kasman, Victor and the Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra ( ) Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra and Schnittke: Concerto for piano and string orchestra. Calliope Records 9299
  • Kasman, Yakov ( ) Joseph Haydn: Six Sonates pour Piano. Calliope Records 9240
  • Kasman, Yakov ( ) Modeste Moussorgsky: Tableaux D'une Exposition and Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka. Calliope Records 6228/9228
  • Kasman, Yakov ( ) Serge Prokofiev: Sonates 1, 4, 5, 7 & 9. Calliope Records 9607
  • Kasman, Yakov ( ) Serge Prokofiev: Sonates 2, 3, 6 & 8. Calliope Records 9606
  • Kasman, Yakov ( ) Rachmaninov: Les Deux Sonates Pour Piano . Calliope Records 9259


  • Crowe, Christina (April 16, 2009) "The Talent: Hidden in the hallways of the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus is one of the world's finest piano players." Black & White

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