Alexandre Kantorow

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Alexandre Kantorow
Born (1997-05-20) 20 May 1997 (age 25)
Clermont-Ferrand, France
GenresClassical
Occupation(s)Pianist
Instrument(s)Piano
LabelsBIS Records

Alexandre Kantorow (born 20 May 1997) is a French pianist.[1] Described by Gramophone as a "fire-breathing virtuoso with a poetic charm"[2] and by Fanfare as "Liszt reincarnated",[3][4] he won the first prize, gold medal and Grand Prix at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019.[5][6][7][8] With this win, Kantorow became the first French winner in the history of the competition.[9]

Kantorow was born in Clermont-Ferrand to a family of musicians; his father is the violinist and conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow and his mother is also a violinist.[1][5] He began to study piano at the age of five at the conservatory of Pontoise. At the age of 11, Kantorow began studies with Pierre-Alain Volondat, who was the winner of the 1983 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, and continued training with Igor Lazko at the Schola Cantorum de Paris, as well as with Frank Braley and Haruko Ueda. When he was 16 years old, Kantorow was invited to play at the La Folle Journée festival in Nantes[10] and has since appeared at such festivals as the Festival de La Roque-d'Anthéron, the Festival Chopin à Paris, and the Festival Piano aux Jacobins.[1] At the age of 17, he performed at the Philharmonie de Paris with the Pasdeloup Orchestra at its inaugural season to an audience of about 2,500.[11] He has since appeared at major concert halls including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the BOZAR in Brussels, and the auditorium in the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Kantorow currently studies with Rena Shereshevskaya, who was also the teacher of Lucas Debargue, at the École Normale de Musique de Paris.[11]

In 2019, Kantorow won the first prize, gold medal, and Grand Prix at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition, becoming the first French winner in the history of the competition. He was the only finalist in the competition to play the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, and also performed Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major.[10][12]

Selected recordings

References

  1. ^ a b c "Le pianiste Alexandre Kantorow, tsar du Concours Tchaïkovski". Le Monde (in French). 29 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Alexandre Kantorow wins Tchaikovsky Competition piano category". Rhinegold. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Alexandre Kantorow". Agence Diane du Saillant. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  4. ^ Le jeune prodige du piano Alexandre Kantorow embrase la musique on Le Monde
  5. ^ a b Laspière, Victor Tribot (27 June 2019). "Alexandre Kantorow remporte le 1er prix de piano du Concours Tchaïkovski". France Musique (in French). Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Alexandre Kantorow triomphe à Moscou". lesechos.fr (in French). Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  7. ^ "The Names of the Prizewinners at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in the Piano Category have been Announced". tch16.com. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Alexandre Kantorow, premier français à remporter le prestigieux Grand prix de piano du Concours Tchaïkovski". Franceinfo (in French). 29 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Alexandre Kantorow wins Tchaikovsky Piano Competition". Pizzicato (in French). 28 June 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Contestants". tch16.com. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  11. ^ a b "L'exploit d'Alexandre Kantorow, premier Français à remporter le concours Tchaïkovski". Le Figaro. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  12. ^ "The 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition reveals its piano finalists". Gramophone. 22 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.