Alexander Melnikov

Alexander Markovich Melnikov, also: Melnikov (Russian Александр Маркович Мельников; born 1 February 1973 in Moscow ) is a Russian pianist.

Life and work

First, Melnikov was interested in the brass instrument horn, inspired him to his older sister for the piano. Melnikov was at the age of six years on the Moscow Central Music School. He then studied at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under - Lev Naumov, graduating in 1997 and then in Munich with Eliso Virsaladze and Andreas Staier and Karl- Ulrich Schnabel at the Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Lago di Como. Even as a student he received prizes in international competitions (see Awards ).

At the age of 15 he began an international career. He appeared in Paris, inter alia, the Schleswig -Holstein Music Festival, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and at the Théâtre du Châtelet. He has played with almost all the major symphony orchestras in the world, for example, together with the Russian National Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and many others.

In addition to solo and orchestral appearances, chamber music also occupies a significant portion of his artistic activity. He played together with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Teodor Currentzis, the violinist Vadim Repin and Isabelle Faust, with him fruitful cooperation is to certify. , And cellist Jean- Guihen Queyras. He often plays four hands with Andreas Staier, Boris Berezovsky, and Alexei Vadimovich Lubimow.

As an artist with " harmonia mundi " he took many CDs as a soloist and chamber musician. Melnikov plays regularly on BBC Radio 3 in recital, chamber orchestras and the BBC Orchestra, with which he has already recorded repeated recordings.

Since 2002, Alexander Melnikov teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

A second great passion is flying. Melnikov 's hobby pilot.


Melnikov described as a thoughtful artist and as "one of the most exciting pianists of his generation." He is regarded as a virtuoso interpreter of Shostakovich. " Stop subtlest art, absolute technical control, but most of all ... a perfect intellectual penetration" Melnikov is certified by the critics. Informative texts for his CDs he writes itself

" Must it be? Are Dmitri Shostakovich's two piano concertos, the virtuoso - sparking, unconcerned naughty of 1933 with the duettierenden trumpet and carried serious from 1955, has not played often enough? Maybe. Yet when Alexander Melnikov plays the first notes, listens to but again how much pleasure, joy hits, rhythmic fun on. shares with here! "


  • Robert Schumann Prize in Zwickau (1989 )
  • Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels Musical (1991 )
  • Named Honoured Artist of Russian Federation (1999)
  • 2000-2002 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist
  • Triumph (Russia ) ( 2002.2008 )
  • Classics today (2005, 2006,2008,2009 )
  • Gramophone Editor 's Choice (2006)
  • Diapason d' Or ( 2007)
  • Gramophone Critic's Choice ( 2009)
  • BBC Music Choice award (2010)
  • Choix France Musique (2010)
  • Prize of the German Record Critics' Award (2010)
  • ECHO Klassik (2010)
  • Choc de Classica del'annee 2010
  • Gramophone awards winner 2010
  • Grammy nominated 2010
  • BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011