1st Prize Winner of the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition
Alexandre Kantorow (b. 1997) has won rave reviews for his concerts and recordings: ‘Alexandre is Liszt reincarnated. I’ve never heard anyone play the piano the way he does’ (Jerry Dubins, Fanfare); ‘The young Tsar of the piano’ (Stéphane Friedrich, Classica). When he was only sixteen he was invited to perform at ‘La Folle Journée’ in Nantes and Warsaw with the Sinfonia Varsovia. Since then, he has played with orchestras including the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire, the Liège Royal Philharmonic, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin).
He has given recitals in most European capitals and at prestigious festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, Menton Festival and Chopin Festival. In 2015 he appeared in the opening season of the new Philharmonie in Paris with the Pasdeloup Orchestra, and he returned in 2018 for the first concert of a tour with the Orchestre National d’Île de France. His BIS recording ‘À la russe’ (BIS-2150) has won many awards and distinctions including Choc de l’Année (Classica), Diapason découverte (Diapason), Supersonic (Pizzicato) and CD des Doppelmonats (PianoNews). For BIS he has also recorded Liszt’s piano concertos (BIS-2100), a recital including rhapsodies by Brahms, Bartók and Liszt (in preparation) and the world première recording of José Serebrier’s Symphonic Bach Variations for piano and orchestra (in preparation). Alexandre Kantorow is a laureate of the Safran foundation.