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Al Bustan Festival 2016
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Alexei Volodin - piano - Born in 1977 in Leningrad, Alexei Volodin studied at Moscow’s Gnessin Academy and later with Eliso Virsaladze at the Moscow Conservatoire. In 2001 he continued his studies at the International Piano Academy Lake Como. He gained international recognition following his victory at the International Géza Anda Competition in Zurich in 2003.
Acclaimed for his highly sensitive touch and technical brilliance, Alexei Volodin is in demand with orchestras at the highest level. He possesses an extraordinarily diverse repertoire, from Beethoven and Brahms through Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Scriabin to Gershwin, Shchedrin and Kapustin.
As Artist-in-Residence at the Mariinsky Theatre for 2014/15, he performs five concerts including the opening recital of the season. He appears regularly with Valery Gergiev including, in the current season and beyond, concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra at Stockholm’s Baltic Sea Festival, Konzerthaus Dortmund and Konzerthaus Vienna, as well as Münchner Philharmoniker and London Symphony Orchestra. Last year, he performed all five Beethoven concertos with the Mariinsky in a “Beethoven Marathon.”
Other highlights in the 2014/15 season include the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for a European tour, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker with Vladimir Fedoseyev, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Andrew Litton, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sinfonia Varsovia at the Warsaw Beethoven Festival. Last season he made his debuts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In demand as a recitalist, Alexei Volodin regularly performs at London’s International Piano Series and Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Munich’s Herkulesaal, Tonhalle Zürich, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation, Taipei’s National Concert Hall, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.
Volodin records for Challenge Classics. His most recent recording, of solo Rachmaninov works, was released in 2013. His previous release was a solo CD of Schumann, Ravel and Scriabin, while his earlier disc of works by Chopin won a Choc de Classica and was awarded five stars by Diapason. He is a regular artist at festivals including the Bad Kissingen Sommer Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Festival La Folle Journée, White Nights in St Petersburg and the Moscow Easter Festival.
Performance will be held in Emile Bustani Auditorium.