This was one of the wildest and most imaginative recitals I've ever heard.
Musical experience and Central European culture: Alexander Gadjiev owes this on the one hand to his family, where both parents are piano teachers and musicians, and on the other hand to his hometown, the Italian-Slovenian border town of Gorizia, a natural crossroads of peoples, cultures and languages. Both factors have a decisive influence on his natural ability to absorb and process different musical styles and languages and to reshape them to his own taste. Alexander speaks 5 languages: Italian, Slovenian, English, German, Russian.
He is the cultural ambassador of his hometown "Nova Gorica/Gorizia, European Capital of Culture 2025".
In 2021 he wins the 1st prize at the International Piano Competition in Sydney as well as the 2nd prize of the International Chopin Competition and special prize "Krystian Zimerman Prize for the Performance of a Chopin Sonata".
From 2019 to 2021, Gadjiev is a "BBC New Generation Artist", which gives him the opportunity to perform at renowned British festivals and concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, London, among others, and to collaborate with various orchestras. In the process, all his concerts are recorded and broadcast by the BBC. He is also the 2022 winner of the Terence Judd Award, which will lead to further engagements with the Hallé Orchestra until 2023.
At the age of 20, he wins 1st prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, where he also receives the "Audience Award", and at 22, 1st prize at the "World Piano Masters" in Montecarlo.
Taught by his father, Alexander plays with an orchestra for the first time at the age of nine and gives his first solo concert at the age of ten. In 2013, he finishes his school education with top grades. This enables him to take part in the Premio Venezia - a competition reserved for the best young talents in Italy - and win the 30th edition of this prize. He will subsequently study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Pavel Gililov and at the Hanns- Eisler-Hochschule in Berlin with Eldar Nebolsin, graduating in spring 2022.
Alexander Gadjiev regularly accepts invitations from Europe, Asia, the USA, including: Verbier Festival, MiTo Festival in Turin, "Chopin" Festival in Duszniki, Piano Festival Rafael Orozco in Cordoba, Ljubljana Festival, Bologna Festival, Settimane Musicali at Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Festival Animato de Paris, Salzburg Festival, Festival International de Piano de La Roque d'Anthéron, 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, Moscow Conservatory, Aldeburgh Festival, concert halls in Salt Lake City, Istanbul, Barcelona, Rome, Milan.
As a soloist, Alexander Gadjiev now performs with numerous orchestras, such as the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro della Fenice, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
In April 2022 he makes his triumphant debut with the "Orchestra Nazionale della Rai" under the baton of Fabio Luisi, which leads to an immediate re-invitation. In October / November 2022 he will tour Australia and Southeast Asia for more than 50 days, a tour of Japan is announced for early summer 2023.
There are numerous recordings for radio and television both in the studio and during his concerts. In 2018 his debut album "Literary Fantasies" with pieces by Liszt and Schumann will be released on the Acousense label, as well as the live recording of the International Piano Competition in Sydney on DECCA in 2021.
Improvisatory instincts and formidable analytic powers.
He is a visionary, a revolutionary with a revolutionary flame in his eyes
For a performance which will offer freshness, musical intelligence and passion, and very genuinely enthralling sound experiences, Alexander is a must-hear pianist.
But great art will out, especially in such a rarely-encountered performance as Gadjiev gave: thrilling, moving and astoundingly assured – the breathtaking end to a memorable musical event.
Alexander Gadjiev conquers the biggest stages in the world with intoxicatingly beautiful sound and profound interpretations. He has it all: the ability to let the piano blossom opulently, a piano sound that makes the music’s tenderness enchantingly beautiful, and the ability to play rhythmically dominated music with great virtuosity.