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Alexander Melnikov

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Alexander Melnikov has earned a reputation as one of the finest Russian pianists of his generation. He was born in Moscow in 1973 and began his music studies at the age of 6 at Moscow’s Central Music School, then continued at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire from where he graduated in 1997 in the class of professor Lev Naumov. Later he completed his post-graduate studies in Munich with Elisso Wirssaladze and at the Fondazione per il Pianoforte (Lago di Como, Italy) where he had lessons with Andreas Staier and Carl-Ulrich Schnabel among others. While still studying at school he became a prize-winner of several major international piano competitions (Schumann, Zwickau in 1989 and Queen Elisabeth, Brussels in 1991 among others) and began his international career shortly afterwards.

His past engagements have included performances with the Russian National Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic with Mikhail Pletnev, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Philadelphia Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and forthcoming engagements include the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, Residente Orchestra with Sinaisky, Basle Symphony Orchestra with Pietri Inkinen, Macao Orchestra with En Shao, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra with Matthias Bamert, KBS Symphony Orchestra with Bramwell Tovey and the Ulster Orchestra with Tuomas Ollila-Hannikainen. He also performs on fortepiano, collaborating regularly with the Concerto Koeln and recently a soloist on a Dutch tour with Philipp Herrewege.

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  • Takkino

    Saw him live at Wigmore Hall, playing the first half of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes & Fugues. Didn't know the work could be interpreted almost in a romantic style, without being in-your-face. Genius.

    23 Jan 2012 Reply

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