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Live From The Concert Lobby: Alexander Ghindin

“Ghindin is a dynamic artist who also wraps his heart around lyrical phrases. … the power and speed of a virtuoso, plus the perception and poise needed to explore the inner workings of a score.” – The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

Celebrated for the balance of intellect and emotion in his performances, Russian pianist Alexander Ghindin rapidly established himself as a major force on the international piano scene after becoming the youngest prizewinner ever of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994. He went on to win Second Prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium in 1999, and in 2007 captured First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, impressing judges with his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Cleveland Orchestra. In July 2010, he won First Prize in the International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina in Brazil.

His recordings include two of Rachmaninoff CDs, two featuring Liszt transcriptions of Schubert songs, the Brahms violin sonatas with Vladimir Spivakov, and CDs of Ravel, Scriabin and Schnittke.

The 2010-11 season sees him continent-hopping with a cross-U.S. tour with the Moscow Virtuosi and Maestro Spivakov (Nov. 5-21, culminating in New York), recitals, performances with his duo piano partner Nikolai Petrov, four-piano concerts, and orchestral appearances in Russia, Belarus, France, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Turkey and Azerbijan. Besides the standard repertoire, he will be giving the world premiere of Concerto for Cello & Piano by Alexey Ribnikov, and the Russian premiere of the Penderecki piano concerto.

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