Dr. Rachmanov studied at Moscow's Gnesins School; he is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he received the William Petcheck Scholarship, and he holds the DMA from Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded the George Schick Award for Outstanding Musicianship. His teachers include Nadia Reisenberg, Arkady Aronov, and he coached with Yvonne Lefebure, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Menahem Pressler, John Browning and Andras Schiff. He won prizes at the Kapell, Senigallia and Awerbuch competitions, received the ArtsLink grant and held a fellowship from the American Pianists Association.
Rachmanov has been heard at venues such as London's Barbican and South Bank Centres, Washington DC's Kennedy Center and New York's Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and the 92nd Street Y, and at festivals such as Banff in Canada, Prussia Cove in England, Moulin d'Andé in France, Upbeat-Hvar in Croatia, Spoleto USA, Bard and the IKIF in New York. He has recorded for Omniclassic, Master Musicians and Vista Vera labels, and has collaborated with the Manhattan Philharmonia, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Symphony, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Ukraine National Symphony, National Orchestra of Porto, Portugal, and others. A strong proponent of the Russian repertoire, he gave the US premiere of Boris Pasternak's Piano Sonata, broadcast nationwide by the NPR, and his recital "The Art of the 19th Century Russian Character Piece" was noted by the New York Times for "considerable color and focus" he brought to each work.
A sought-after master class clinician, lecturer and adjudicator, Professor Rachmanov has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Long Island Conservatory, SUNY, and has appeared as a guest artist at schools such as UCLA, University of Chicago, Indiana University at Bloomington, Brandeis University, Queens College, University of Washington, University of Iowa, University of Alaska at Anchorage, Tulane University, Wesleyan University and Middlebury College. Dr. Rachmanov has been a frequent adjudicator at competitions in the US and in Europe. He is a Professor of Music at California State University, Northridge, where he serves as Chair of the Keyboard Studies area.