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Alexei Volodin (Piano soloist)

Alexei Volodin was born in July 1977 in St. Petersburg, and began taking piano lessons there at the age of nine. A year later he moved to Moscow, where he studied first with I. Chaklina and later with T. Zelikman at the Gnessin Music School. In 1994 he enrolled in the master class of Professor Elisso Virsaladze at the Moscow Conservatoire. From 2001-2 he studied at the Theo Lieven International Piano Foundation in Como.

He has won several prizes at different International Competitions. In 2003 he won the First Prize at the ninth edition of the Concours Gza Anda in Zurich, award that launched his international career.

Alexei Volodin has given recitals in Russia, Spain, France, Norway, Germany, Italy, Holland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Australia and Switzerland. He has also performed with prestigious orchestras, such as the Sydney Symphony, Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana, SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony and Tonhalle of Zurich. He has worked with conductors like Christopher Hogwood, Thierry Fischer, Eiji Oue, Gerd Albrecht, Carlo Rizzi, David Zinman, Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Fedoseyev, among others.

In May 2005, Alexei Volodin gave his debut recital at the Champs-Elyses Theater, where he achieved an extraordinary public and critics‘ success, being immediately re-invited.His future engagements include his debut recitals in Lyon, Rome, Heidelberg, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Ferrara Musica, Serate Musicale Milano, Musica Insieme Bologna, Pau Casals Festival etc.

Other important engagements for next season include concerts with Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig, Ingo Metzmacher and the Orchestre National de France in Paris, Paul Goodwin and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra; a tour in Spain performing the Choral Fantasy by Beethoven, together with Leopold Hager, the Weimar Staatskapelle and Orfen Donostiarra; his return to Barcelona, Paris and Rome and his first tour through China.

 

Volodin regularly works with the world's top orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, Gewandhaus-Orchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich and the London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor collaborations include Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vasily Sinaisky, Mikhail Pletnev, Semyon Bychkov, Lawrence Foster and Marek Janowski.

Recent highlights have included Radio-Sinfonieorchester des SWR Stuttgart, Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and l'Orchestra dell'Accademia del Teatro alla Scala. Forthcoming engagements include RAI Turin, the Danish National Symphony, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Bamberger Symphoniker and Orquesta Municipal de Santiago de Chile.

Recitals are a prominent part of Volodin's engagements and following on from his critically acclaimed debut at London's international Piano Series, this season he performs at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Teatro Olimpico Vicenza, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Munich's Herkulessaal, Berlin's Philharmonie and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.

Alexei Volodin is a regular artist at Festivals including the Bad Kissingen Sommer, La Roque d'Anthéron, Festival La Folle Journée, Sommets musicaux in Gstaad, White Nights in St. Petersburg and the Moscow Easter festivals.

Volodin has recorded with record labels such as Live Classics (Germany), ABC Classics (Australia) and Challenge Records (Netherlands). His recording of solo Schumann, Ravel and Skriabin works was released by Challenge Records in 2011 and prompted Carsten Dürer to write in Piano News that "this last recording shows that Alexei Volodin is one of the very best pianists of today ... outstanding". His previous release, a recital programme of works by Chopin, won a Choc Classica and was awarded five stars by Diapason. His most recent recording of solo Rachmaninov works was released by Challenge Records in 2013.

Born in 1977 in Leningrad, he studied under Irina Chaklina and Tatiana Zelikman at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and later with Elisso Virsaladzé at the Moscow Conservatoire. In 2001 he continued his studies at the International Piano Academy Lake Como (Italy). He gained international recognition following his victory at the Géza Anda Piano Competition in Zurich (Switzerland) in 2003.

Alexei Volodin is an exclusive artist for the company Steinway and Sons.





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