Grigoriy S. Khaymovskiy
Pianist and writer on music. Graduated from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (1950) in the class of Ya. Zack and postgraduate school of Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad State Conservatory (1960) under the direction of Yu. Bryushkov. From 1966 to 1972, he worked at the magazine “Sovetskaya Muzyka” as the Head of the Performing Arts Department. The author of articles on Olivier Messiaen’s works. In 1969, he took part in the recording of the first USSR record of his compositions. At the end of 1972, Khaimovsky emigrated to Israel, in 1977—to the United States, where he became a Professor at New York University. He founded the Chamber Music Society there, which gave about 40 concerts of contemporary music in 10 years. In 2001, he resigned, devoting himself to writing. The author of the monograph “Messiaen in My Life”, an autobiographical essay “In Search of the Island of Joy”.