Born in 1964, Moscow, Aleksey Nikolsky is director and co-founder of Braavo! Enterprises, where he is in charge of developing content for educational programs for children of 5-11 years of age, production, and audio engineering of sound recordings for educational purposes.
He graduated the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1990) and Moscow State Schnittke Institute of Music (1983). He moved to Mexico in 1991, where he was the composer-in-residence at Orquesta de Baja California, and in 1995 moved to Los Angeles, where he took courses in systematic musicology at UCLA. There he discovered newly published "Biomusicology" by Nils Wallin that pointed him to a new direction.
He developed a program of teaching music as a semiotic system that is designed to communicate emotions (Synergo Method) - at first for teaching piano, and then for teaching music comprehension as part of general education. Both programs have been tested in schools in Southern California, and are based on methodological implementation of principles uncovered by recent findings of cognitive sciences. In parallel to independent research for Synergo Method, Nikolsky started formulating his theory of systematic musicology in relation to music and emotion, tonal organization and metric organization. The two most recent programs that he has developed, Mozart-In-Shape and Rhythmetrics, respectively specialize in interaction between music and physical motion, and music and verbal skills.