The Russian pianist and harpsichordist Alexei Lubimov, highly regarded across the world, was one of the last pupils of Henryk Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatory, where he also aroused the first profound interest among musicians in the music of the Baroque (especially performed on early instruments) and of the twentieth century.
Lubimov caught the attention of audiences and critics alike with his electrifying performances of works by contemporary composers. In 1968, he gave the Moscow premieres of works by John Cage and Terry Riley, and subsequently brought to the public's attention works by Schönberg, Webern, Stockhausen, Boulez, Ives, Ligeti and many contemporary composers born in the former USSR, such as Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Silvestrov and Pärt. But he did not neglect the essential repertoire of the nineteenth century or works composed for early piano. Faced in the seventies with the ideological restrictions concerning twentieth-century music, he founded the Moscow Baroque Quartet, with which he was able to initiate performance of harpsichord and fortepiano repertoire in the USSR. In 1988 he organised in Moscow the avant-garde Alternativa Festival. In the eighties, when political restrictions gradually receded, Alexei Lubimov began giving concerts outside the USSR, in Western Europe, North America and Japan. He made his American debut with Andrew Parrott and his Classical Band in New York, in 1991.
Alexei Lubimov has performed with such orchestras as the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Helsinki, Israel, Los Angeles and Munich. In 1998 he undertook a European tour with the Finnish Radio Orchestra under Jukka Pekka Saraste, with which he performed the four piano concertos of Sergey Rachmaninov.
He has taken part in many festivals, such as the Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland), La Roque d'Anthéron (France) and the Lockenhaus and Salzburg festivals in Austria. He has worked with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Neeme Järvi, David Oistrakh, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Roger Norrington, Frans Brüggen, David Robertson, Andrey Boreyko, Ivan Fischer, Kent Nagano and Yan Pascal Tortelier. He also performs chamber music, playing with Natalia Gutman, Christian Tetzlaff and Andreas Staier, among others.
In recent seasons he has performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Austrian Tonkünstler Orchester, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Münchner Philharmoniker, SWR Stuttgart, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. In the years 2005-2006 he gave concerts in the USA with Camerata Salzburg.
Alexei Lubimov has recorded for many labels, such as Melodya, Erato, BIS and Sony, which have released his interpretations of the complete sonatas of Mozart, as well as works by Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms and twentieth-century composers, including Arvo Pärt.