Internationally recognized for his exceptional and comprehensive repertoire of concert and solo-piano works, along with his brilliant technique and convincing, personal interpretations. Born in 1956 in Moldova, Paley studied under Bella Davidovich and Vera Gornostayeva at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
In the U.S., The Washington Post called Paley’s debut with the National Symphony Orchestra a “flawless performance”, and since then he has earned similar accolades from performances across the U.S., including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, and the artist’s Carnegie Hall debut with the American Composers Orchestra in the world premiere of a new concerto by Sheila Silver.
In Europe, Paley played an important concert in Orlèans, in 2007, dedicated to Enescu, and was invited to the Opera Thèatre of Besancon and Lille Piano Festival for a special carte blanch. In 2008, he was invited for another carte blanche for a series of five concerts in the region of Amiens. In the 2008-9 season, Mr. Paley was a conductor and soloist with the Ensemble Orchestra de Paris at the Thèatre des Champs-Elysèes. His upcoming season includes performances with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and again with the Thèatre des Champs-Elysèes
Mr. Paley has recorded the complete solo piano works of Balakirev for ESS.A.Y., works by Scriabin and Weber for Naxos, and most recently Bach’s Goldberg-Variations and The Well-Tempered Clavier, as well as Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella suites for Blüthner Records. His recording of Anton Rubinstein’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 4 with the Russian State Orchestra is available on the Russian Disc Label. In September 2004, Paley recorded a CD with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, dedicated to the music of contemporary composer Jean-Louis Agobet, which received the Victoire de la Musique prize.