Alexander Gadjiev

Below Hear the Wondrous and Inspiring Performance of Alexander Gadjiev

Sergei Prokofiev Piano Concert n. 3 - Hamamatsu

1st Place International Prize Winner Alexander Gadjiev Selects
Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Full Concert Grand Piano

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9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition:
1st place prize winner Alexander Gadjiev selects
Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Full Concert Grand Piano

9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition: 1st place prize winner Alexander Gadjiev selects Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano

Italian pianist Alexander Gadjiev has been awarded the 1st prize by a panel of judges at the 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (held in the city of Hamamatsu, Japan, from 22nd November until 8th December), following a series of performances playing the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano.

About Alexander Gadjiev

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 talent in Italy – and win the 30th edition of the award. The numerous recitals of the Premio Venezia allowed him to perform throughout Italy and abroad (London, Paris, Madrid, Dublin).

December 2015 marked a turning point in his international career. At the Ninth Hamamatsu International Piano Competition – one of the ten most prestigious piano competitions in the world – the jury, which included Martha Argerich, Akiko Ebi and Sergey Babayan, among others, awarded him first prize. His performances enchanted Hamamatsu, and he also won the audience prize. Since then, Alexander has been regularly 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, Ravenna Musica, and the Kammermusik Salzburg Festival.

Alexander has played in some of the most important opera houses and concert halls (Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna, 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 etc.) and with internationally famous orchestras such as Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro della Fenice, I Virtuosi Italiani, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Mitteleuropa Orchestra. He has also worked with some of the most famous conductors on an international level: Yuri Temirkanov, Marek Pijarowski, Ken Takaseki, Anton Nanut, Tatuya Shimono, Tomomi Nishimoto, Christopher Franklin, Marco Guidarini, Olivier Ochanin, En Shao, Ulrich Windfuhr, Giedre Šlekyte, Gianluca Martinenghi, and Tiziano Severini.

He has recorded for Suonare News, ALM Records Japan, while his concerts have been broadcast by Rai Radio3, Rai3, Radio Vaticana, Radio Classica, ORF, RTV Slovenija and Radio Koper. His next CD, titled “Literary Fantasies”, will be released in September by the label “ACOUSENCE RECORDS” and will contain works of Schumann and Liszt. He is currently studying with Pavel Gililov at Mozarteum Salzburg and participating in prestigious masterclasses such as the “Eppan Piano Academy” and “Verbier Piano Academy”, both limited to a very small number of selected pianists from around the world.

Alexander Gadjiev was born in 1994 into a family of musicians in Gorizia, Italy. He began his piano studies at the age of five with his mother, Ingrid Silic. He continued his studies with his father, Siavush Gadjiev.

Alexander is the 1st Prize winner of numerous competitions for young pianists. At the age of nine, he played Haydn’s Concerto in C major, receiving glowing reviews from the press. He gave his first recital at the age of ten.

Following his success at the piano competition of Ljubljana (Slovenia) he was invited to play at the festivals of Ljubljana and in Feldkirchen, Austria. In 2009, he performed with the “Ars Atelier” orchestra of Gorizia, and with the orchestra of the Ljubljana Opera House. In 2010 he gave solo recitals in Padova, Trieste, and in Maribor. In 2011, he played at the Dilsberg festival in Germany. In 2012, he played with the orchestra RTV Slovenija. In April 2012, he won the third prize at the first edition of the FVG International Piano competition. In June 2012, he won the ninth edition of the Premio delle Arti, in Trieste.

In the same year he graduated magna cum laude from the “Conservatorio Bruno Maderna” of Cesena. In October 2012, he played at the Italian Cultural Centre in Paris. In June 2013, he completed his studies at “Duca degli Abruzzi.” Since autumn 2013, he has been attending the Master’s degree course at the “Mozarteum” of Salzburg under the guidance of Maestro Gililov.

In November 2013, he won the thirtieth edition of the “Premio Venezia,” the competition in which only magna cum laude graduated pupils are allowed to participate. In January 2014, he was invited to perform a solo recital for the SVC at the Great Hall of “La Fenice”.