Dmitri Alexeev, piano

Performs on Russian Winter, JAN 28-29
Dmitri Alexeev, piano

Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev is one of the world's most highly regarded artists. His critically praised recitals on the world's leading concert stages and his concert appearances with the most prestigious orchestras have secured his position as one of "the most remarkable pianists of the day" (Daily Telegraph).

He has performed with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the five London orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic and the Munich Bavarian Radio Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Boulez, Bychkov, Dorati, Gergiev, Giulini, Jansons, Muti, Pappano, Rozhdestvensky, Salonen, Temirkanov, Tilson Thomas and the late Klaus Tennstedt to name just a few.

Dmitri Alexeev was born in Moscow and began to play the piano at the age of five. One year later his talent took him to the Moscow Central Music School and then to the Moscow Conservatoire, where his professor was the eminent Soviet pianist Dmitri Bashkirov. Whilst pursuing graduate studies, he participated in several international competitions, capturing top honours at the 1969 Marguerite Long Competition in Paris, at the 1970 George Enescu Competition in Bucharest, and at the 1974 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 1975 he was unanimously awarded first prize at the Leeds International Competition in England.

Since then Dmitri Alexeev has made concert tours throughout Europe, the United States, Scandinavia, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong, appearing at the most important musical centres of the world. He returns regularly to Russia and plays frequently with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov both at home and on tour. He has performed, among others, at the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Prague Spring and Maggio Musicale (Florence) Festivals, and has collaborated on chamber music with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Bashmet, Joshua Bell and Barbara Hendricks and he gave the world premiere of Penderecki's Piano Concerto at the Beijing Festival with the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

Highlights of recent seasons have included several performances at the Leeds International Recital Series, of which Alexeev was Artistic Director during 2009, a return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Gatti, concerts with the Helsingborg Symphony, KBS (Korea) Symphony and St. Petersburg Philharmonic orchestras and a recital tour of Canada and North America.

Dmitri Alexeev has made many fine recordings for EMI, BMG, Virgin Classics, Hyperion and Russian labels. His discs include piano concertos by Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Medtner and solo works by Brahms, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt. Following his Virgin Classics recording of the complete Rachmaninov Preludes, which won the Edison Award in the Netherlands, BBC Music Magazine said: "He is a pianist at once aristocratic, grand and confessionally poetic. This is an inspiring disc."