Alexander Ghindin



Alexander Ghindin has been unanimously acclaimed by critics and music lovers as one of the most talented and original pianists of the present day. Alexander Ghindin is not just a virtuoso, of which there are few on the stage today. He is also a true personality, a poet and a singer of the piano, an inspired lyricist and dramatist who has a subtle feel for the music and conveys the composers ideas (Music Review, 2008).

The pianist was born in 1977 in Moscow. He attended the Stasov Childrens School of Music No 36 (class of K. I. Liburkina) and then the Central School of Music of the Moscow Conservatoire (class of Professor M. S. Voskresensky), from which he graduated in 1994. It was also from Voskresenskys class at the Moscow Conservatoire that he graduated with distinction in 1999, and in the same year he joined the Moscow State Philharmonic as a soloist.

Before entering the Conservatoire in 1994, at the age of seventeen he became the youngest-ever laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Later he gained in Second prize at the International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in Brussels in 1999. These successes assisted the start of the pianists extremely intensive recital activities.

In 2007 he was a First prize-winner at the International Piano Competition in Cleveland (USA) and was engaged for over fifty concerts in the USA. According to critics, he made a staggering impression on the audience, demonstrating such a high level of mastery that makes every one of his performances special and unforgettable. (Art and Life). In July 2010 Alexander Ghindin won First prize at the International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina (Florianópolis, Brazil).

In 2000 Alexander Ghindin together with Nikolai Petrov (b.1943-d.2011) founded a Piano Duo. The long-lasting artistic cooperation of the pianists, who belong to different generations, has brought wonderful results. In the subsequent 11 years were establish many programs, including concertos for two pianos and orchestra. The entire repertoire of the duo consists for the most part of rare masterpieces, though it by no means excludes well-known compositions. The musicians have performed over 100 concerts in numerous Russian cities and abroad, recorded six CDs. Concert activities of the Duo was of a great importance for Russian culture during those years.

In 2001 Ondine records has released the world première recording of the original version of Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 1 and 4 performed by Alexander Ghindin together with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Alexander Ghindin is a frequent jury member of such competition as the Nutcracker Young Performers International TV Competition (2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011); First Russian Music Competition (Moscow, 2010); International Piano Competition in Cleveland (USA, 2011) and others.

Since 2006, A. Ghindin has been Artistic Director of his own concert series at one of Russias most distinguished concert venues, the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center, where he has performed the unique programs, such as: The recital of Four Pianos, Duo Program for Piano and Organ, American music for Two Pianos, including prepared instruments and others.

That same year as part of the prestigious Osaka Festival Alexander Ghindin gave a series of concerts with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and performed at Suntory Hall.

In 2006 he was awarded the title of Honoured Artist of Russia.

In 2007 he was named Person of the Year according to the Music Review.

In 2008 Alexander Ghindin ran the unique Quartet of Pianos project. He invited renowned musicians from France, the USA, Greece, the Netherlands, Turkey and Russia to take part in the Quartet. The concerts in this series were a tremendous success in Moscow at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and at the Svetlanov Hall of the House of Music and were recorded by Central Television. The program of these concerts, which featured music by Debussy, Ravel, Wagner, Milhaud, Czerny, Bizet-Wilberg, Lavignac, had not previously been performed in Moscow. In 2009 the Quartet of Pianos presented the program in Dinard (France) and Istanbul and Antalya (Turkey). In 2010 the Quartet performed in Baku (Azerbaijan) and Izmir (Turkey).

In the 2009-2010 season at the Moscow International House of Music there were four concerts as part of his series The Triumph of the Piano, as part of which Alexander Ghindin performed duets with the pianist Boris Berezovsky and the organist Olivier Latry as well as the Camerata de Lausanne under the baton of Pierre Amoyal and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov.

In the 2011-2012 season to the list of unique projects of Alexander Gindin was added, such projects as: "Piano Duo Festival" in Perm, "Piano Magic" - first music forum in Minsk, held under the patronage of one of the best duets of Russia - N. Petrov and A . Gindin (2011, Belarus), and "Musicians for Peace" - Charity Concert that took place at the hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow with the blessing of His Holiness Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. Twelve pianists from 12 different countries was brought together to perform benefit concert for Peace. (Moscow, 2011. St. Petersburg, 2012).

Alexander Ghindin is also a International Artistic Co-Director of Swedish Royal Festival and a Artistic Director of the festival "Tribut to Knushevitsky" in Saratov, Russia.

Alexander Ghindin tours successfully throughout Russia and abroad. He has appeared in recital at the finest concert venues in USA, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Spain, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Turkey, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Brazil, Japan and many others.

The pianist has performed with such major Russian and international orchestras as the Grand Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Russian National Orchestra, the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Moscow Virtuosi ensemble, the St Petersburg Camerata Orchestra of the State Hermitage, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the "Salzburg Camerata", the Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestras of London, Helsinki, Luxemburg, Liège, Freiburg, Monte Carlo and Munich, Japans Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the New Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra to name but a few.

Conductors the pianist has worked with include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Minin, Arnold Katz, Yurij Simonov, Dmitry Kitayenko, Fuat Mansurov, Vasily Sinaisky, Alexander Lazarev, Saulus Sondeckis, Alan Gilbert, Krzysztof Penderecki, Paavo Järvi, James DePreist, Leonard Slatkin, Louis Langrée, Eliahu Inbal, Arthur Fagen, David Shallon, Juozas Domarkas and others.

Alexander Ghindin is a constant participant at international music festivals. He has appeared at the Russian festivals Russian Winter, Stars at the Kremlin, The New Century of Russian Piano Music, Vladimir Spivakov Invites, The Musical Kremlin and the International Sakharov Arts Festival as well as the Swedish Royal Festival in Stockholm, the Robert Casadesus International Piano Encounters in Lille, the Vladimir Spivakov Festival in Colmar, the Radio France Festival, Folle journee (France), Bad Kissengen Sommer (Germany), the Rising Stars festival (Poland), Days of Russian Culture in Moravia (Czech Republic), the Ruhr Piano Festival (Germany) and festivals in Echternach, La Roque dAnthéron, Brussels, Limoges, Lille, Cracow, Rome, Sintra and Sicily.

Alexander Ghindin devotes much of his time to chamber music. He has been partnered by such outstanding musicians as Vladimir Spivakov, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Chaushian, Alexei Utkin, Boris Berezovsky, Cyprien Katsaris, Kun Woo Paik and Olivier Latry as well as the Václav Talich Quartet (Czech Republic) and the State Borodin Quartet.

Alexander Ghindin wrote an original piano transcription of Maurice Ravels orchestral poem La Valse, which was published in Tokyo in 2001 and in St Petersburg in 2008.

The musician has made numerous recordings on television and radio in Russia, Belgium, Germany, France, Luxemburg, Poland and Japan.

He has released 24 CDs with leading recording companies in Russia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Finland and Japan including Decca, Capriccio, Ondine, Tri-M Classics, Russian Season (the Russian partner of Le Chant du Monde), DML, CD Accord and Naxos among others.

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