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Dmitri Alexeev

Dmitri Alexeev

Dmitri Alexeev

*10 VIII 1947 Moskwa

The Moscow-born Russian pianist Dmitry Alexeev is one of the world’s most highly regarded artists.

He began to play piano at the age of five. On leaving the Central School of Music in Moscow, he attended the Moscow Conservatory, where he was taught by Dmitry Bashkirov. He participated in several international piano competitions, capturing top honours at the 1969 Marguerite Long Competition in Paris, the 1970 George Enescu Competition in Bucharest and the 1974 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 1975, he was unanimously awarded First Prize in the Leeds International Competition.

Alexeev has made concert tours throughout Europe, the United States, Scandinavia, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong. 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.

He has played with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the five London orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Munich Bavarian Radio Orchestra, working 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.

As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Bashmet, Joshua Bell and Barbara Hendricks, and he gave the world premiere of Krzysztof 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 in 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.


Dmitry Alexeev has made many recordings for EMI, BMG, Virgin Classics and Hyperion. His discs include piano concertos by Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin and Medtner, as well as solo works by Brahms, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt.

In 2011 and 2012, he performed in Warsaw during the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ festival.


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