Alexander Gadjiev (Skandinavien) Piano

Musical exposure and Central European culture: Alexander Gadjiev owes the first
to his family, with both parents being piano teachers and musicians, and the second
to Gorizia – his city of origin – a natural crossroads of peoples, cultures and languages.
These factors have both had a determining influence on his natural ability to absorb,
process and rework, to his own taste, different musical styles and languages.

Alexander Gadjiev began his piano studies at the age of five with his mother. Tutored
by his father, a well-known Russian teacher, Alexander Gadjiev played for the first time
with an orchestra at the age of nine, and held his first solo recital aged ten. He obtained
his diploma at the age of seventeen, with the highest marks and honours. This allowed
him to participate in the Premio Venezia – a competition reserved for the best young
talents in Italy – and to win the 30th edition of the award.

In 2021 Alexander Gadjiev was awarded the Second Prize and the “Krystian Zimerman Prize
for the best performance of a Sonata” at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw as well as the
First Prize and Audience prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition. At the 2018
Monte-Carlo World Piano Masters Competition he received the Prix Prince Rainier III. In 2015
he gained the First Prize at Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan.

Over the last years Gadjiev has been invited to perform in Japan and at major piano festivals,
including Verbier, MiTo Festival in Torino, Chopin in Duszniki, Ljubljana, Bologna, Aldeburgh,
Settimane Musicali in Vicenza, and in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Herkulessaal Munich,
Konzerthaus Berlin, Salle Cortot Paris, Teatro La Fenice, Bunka Kaikan and Kioi Hall in Tokyo,
Moscow Conservatory among many others.

Alexander Gadjiev lately performed with Polish Radio Orchestra Warsaw, Wroclaw Philharmonic,
Szczecin Orchestra, Torun Orchestra, Opole Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra and gave recitals in
Eindhoven, Limoges, Ferrara, Trieste as well as in many venues in Poland and Slovenia.

A BBC New Generation Artist from 2019-2021, Alexander Gadjiev collaborated with the BBC
Orchestras in Great Britain and performed at prestigious British festivals and venues. He has
recorded the Respighi Concerto with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo for BBC label.

Upcoming highlights include his debut with RAI National Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi,
Sinfonia Varsovia, tours to Japan and Australia as well as a residency at Torino Unione Musicale
in January 2023.  

Season 2021/22

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  • Chopin Competition Warsaw 2021:

    Alexander Gadjiev’s improvisatory instincts and formidable
    analytic powers enliven everything he touches, abetted by
    a technique that knows no difficulties plus a keen ear for
    nuance and tone colour [...].

    Jed Distler, Gramophone, November 2021

  • Debut: Herkulessaal Munich

    Alexander Gadjiev seems more mature than his age of 24 years. His programme is also
    mature, because the sequence of Alban Berg, Wagner / Liszt, Franck, Tchaikovsky and
    Prokofiev is a succession without a tonal lightweight.
    The main characteristics of Gadjiev's interpretations are getting evident from the beginning of the Berg Sonata. There are definitely passages here in which the piano may bloom exuberantly - and Gadjiev does not leave this opportunity untapped.
    Above all, however, he illuminates the thoughtful, quiet moments.
    That sounds wonderful and creates great transparency.

    Süddeutsche Zeitung, Andreas Pernpeintner, 06.06.2018


Programme I

Chopin: 24 Préludes op. 28

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Programme II

Chopin: 6 Préludes from 24 Préludes op. 28 

Schumann: Fantasie C major op. 17


Debussy: Étude No. 11 Pour les arpèges composés
Debussy: Prélude No. 7 La terrasse des audiences du claire de lune (Book II)

Debussy: Prélude No. 7 Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest (Book I)

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

All Chopin Programme

Excerpts from Mazurkas

Polonaise Fantaisie A sharp major op. 61

Ballade No. 2 F major op. 38


Prélude C sharp minor op. 45

Sonata No. 2 B flat minor op. 35


Repertoire with orchestra Mozart : Concerto KV 466, 595, 482, Double Concerto KV 365
Beethoven : Concerto No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, op.61, op. 61a
Grieg: Concerto op. 16
Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 op. 35
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.1 op. 23
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 1, 3
Brahms: Concerto No. 1
Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 2, 3
Barber: Concerto op. 38
Chopin: Concerto No. 1, 2
Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brillante
Bartók: Concerto No. 3
Liszt: Totentanz / Dans macabre
Rheinberger: Concerto op. 94
Scriabin: Concerto op. 20
Panufnik: Concerto
Kenji Sakai: Qube Concerto
Respighi: Concerto A minor