Musical exposure and Central European culture: Alexander Gadjiev owes the first to his family, with both parents being piano teachers and musicians, and the second to Gorizia – his city of origin – a natural crossroads of peoples, cultures and languages. These factors have both had a determining influence on his natural ability to absorb, process and rework, to his own taste, different musical styles and languages. Tutored by his father, a well-known Russian teacher, Alexander played for the first time with an orchestra at the age of nine, and held his first solo recital aged ten. He was awarded his diploma at the age of seventeen, with the highest marks and honours. This allowed him to participate in the Premio Venezia – a competition reserved for the best young talents in Italy – and to win the 30th edition of the award.
Alexander has just received the Second Prize and the “Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a Sonata” at the”18th Chopin Competition” in Warsaw.
A few months before he won the First Prize and several other prizes the 2021 Sydney International Piano Competition.
Gadjiev is still currently “BBC New Generation Artist” from 2019 to 2021, which gives him the opportunity to record several times for renowned Studios in London and to perform in prestigious British festivals and venues and to collaborate with the BBC orchestras throughout the United Kingdom
Alexander Gadjiev has won in the past two other major piano competitions: First Prize in the 2015 Hamamatsu, where he also got the “audience prize” and First Prize at the 2018 Montecarlo “World Piano Masters”
Over the last yeas Gadjiev has been invited to perform in Japan and at major piano festivals, including: the Verbier Festival, the MiTo Festival in Turin, the “Chopin” Festival in Duszniki, the ClaviCologne International Piano Festival in Düsseldorf, Piano Festival Rafael Orozco in Cordoba, the Ljubljana Festival, Bologna Festival, Settimane Musicali for the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, the Festival Animato de Paris, Kammermusik Salzburg Festival, Teatro La Fenice, Kioi Hall and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Kitara Concert Hall in Sapporo, Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Osaka, Salle Cortot in Paris, the Moscow Conservatory, and then in Salt Lake City, Istanbul, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Wigmore Hall, Albeburgh Festival and many others.
Future engagements foresee a long tour of Poland, his debut under the baton of Valerij Gergiev at the Marijnski Theatre in St Petersburg, concerts in the UK, the Nederlands, Italy, a long tour in Japan and the year 2022 will gloriously end with an Australian and Far East tour lasting over 90 days!
What people are saying about him:
“[…] his improvisatory instincts and formidable analytic powers enliven everything he touches, abetted by a technique that knows no difficulties plus a keen ear for nuance and tone colour.”
Jed Distler, Gramophone (after Gadjiev received the second prize and the Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a sonata at the Chopin Competition)
“Alexander Gadjiev is, in my opinion, one of the most important figures in modern European pianism. He has a perfect understanding of how to balance timbre and dynamics, subtlety and full-out playing, control and fervour. In Prokofiev's spectacular Piano Sonata No. 7, Gadjiev imposes himself with his overwhelming rhythmic energy, evoking the pomp of Soviet pianism. In Ballade No. 4, he is also familiar with the sorcery of 'mezza voce', he uncovers the cultural prophecies of the last Chopin, right down to the impressionist sound, and even symphonic Ravel, in a dizzying upwards path.” Mario Messinis, music critic, when Gadjiev won the 30th Premio Venezia.
“Alexander has the rare ability to hypnotise the public with his narrative ability. His interpretation of Bach/Busoni's Chaconne was one of the high points of the entire competition. I was genuinely hypnotised by it. Gadjiev has true elegance and passion”. Sergey Babayan, internationally famous pianist, when Gadjiev won the Ninth Hamamatsu International Piano Competition.
“His strength lies in the originality and creativity of his interpretation. It is based on tradition, but goes well beyond the traditional confines of music.” Akiko Ebi, President of the Ninth Hamamatsu International Piano Competition.