Alexandre Abdoulaev is a pianist, musicologist, and music director currently based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Dr. Abdoulaev currently holds a doctoral degree in historical musicology from Boston University, where he completed his graduate research and dissertation with Drs. Andrew Shenton and Jeremy Yudkin. His dissertation, Savoy: Reassessing the Role of the ‘World’s Finest Ballroom’ in Music and Culture, 1926-1958 is the definitive examination of the impact made by New York’s Savoy Ballroom on the development of swing music, vernacular partnered jazz dance, and the culture surrounding Harlem in the period between the World Wars. Alexandre is the pianist and artistic director with the ensemble “Ghosts of Weimar,” specializing in the interpretation and performance of German and contemporary American cabaret music. In addition to an active career as a musicologist and performer, Alexandre is an assistant music director at the Hannover Theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has previously performed in various theatrical productions alongside such noted figures as Miriam Margolyes (BAFTA, Best Supporting Actress, 1993), Jeremy Lawrence (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, 2011), and Steven Gagliastro (American Hustle, 2013). Dr. Abdoulaev also served as lecturer, adjunct, and teaching fellow at such Boston-area institutions as Boston University and Emmanuel College, and has appeared as a guest on WGBH’s Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, Currently, Alexandre is conducting ground-breaking work on an open source music appreciation textbook for non-musicians, slated to be available via major eBook outlets by mid-2015.