Alexander Klepach, Principal Pianist of The Phil, began his musical studies at age 5 in his hometown of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

He gave his first public recital at age 8 and made his first appearance with a symphony orchestra at age 12. He was educated at the Special Music School in Kiev and graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1986 with a Doctorate of Music in Piano Performance. Strongly opposed to the communist regime, Klepach wasn’t allowed to perform abroad and was forcefully recruited into the Soviet Red Army. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992, Klepach performed with the National Philharmonic of Moldova, the Symphony Orchestra of Europe in Madrid, and The National Chamber Orchestra of Russia as a piano and harpsichord soloist. He has concertized throughout Europe, Asia and the United States and has performed as recitalist with his wife, Olga Yurkova. He came to the United States in 1998 and has been with The Phil for 12 years.