Alejandro Cremaschi received his MM and DMA degrees from the University of Minnesota. He earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. He studied with Dora De Marinis, Nancy Roldan and Lydia Artymiw. He has been a soloist with the orchestras of the Universidad de Cuyo, Universidad de Tucuman, University of Minnesota and the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina among others. He was a prize winner at the International Beethoven Sonata Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee in 2001.
Dr. Cremaschi’s current pedagogical research areas include concert repertoire and pedagogical music by Argentine and Latin American composers; the influence of self-efficacy beliefs in piano students’ achievement, motivation and practicing strategies; cultural and social aspects of piano study in Latin America; the study and implementation of cooperative learning strategies in the piano classroom; and the use of technology to aid the acquisition and training of music reading skills. He has been a presenter at national and international conferences including numerous Music Teachers National Association annual conferences, College Music Society national conferences, and the International Society for Music Education conference. He has published articles in the Research Studies in Music Education journal, Journal of Music, Technology and Education, European Piano Teachers Association magazine, the Journal for Technology in Music Teaching, the Piano Pedagogy Forum online journal, Clavier, The Instrumentalist, and Keyboard Companion magazines. His software reviews have appeared in the American Music Teacher magazine.
Mr. Cremaschi is in demand as a specialist on Latin American piano music. Between 1996 and 2002, he was a member of the Argentine Foundation “Ostinato,” founded and directed by his former teacher Dora De Marinis. As a member of this foundation, and in collaboration with other members, he recorded Argentine music for the labels IRCO, Ostinato and Marco Polo, and participated in concert tours in the US and Europe. Since 2004, he actively collaborates with the Argentine composer and CU professor emeritus Luis Jorge Gonzalez. His recordings of solo and chamber music by Dr. Gonzalez’s have been released in the CDs Las Puertas del Tiempo (2009) and Fervor (2012) by the British label Meridian. Las Puertas del Tiempo was praised by Fanfare Magazine as “exemplary.”
Dr. Cremaschi teaches piano pedagogy, applied piano, class piano and keyboard harmony, and coordinates the class piano area at CU. He was the President of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association between 2012 and 2014.