Alexander Ghindin is one of the most appreciated pianists in demand throughout Russia. He has been unanimously acclaimed by critics and music lovers as one of the most talented and original pianists of the present days.
He has quickly established himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation after becoming the youngest-ever laureate at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Ghindin received further major awards at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina, Brazil, and at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Highlights of the past seasons include performances with the Orchestra of the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Philharmonia Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Swedish Royal Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra as well as with all of the foremost orchestras of his native Russia.
Alexander Ghindin regularly collaborates with prominent conductors such as Vladimir Fedosseyev, Saulus Sandeczkis, Vasily Sinaysky, Yuri Simonov, Dimitry Kitaenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Verbitsky, Paavo Järvi, Alan Gilbert, Leonard Slatkin, Artur Fagen, Tomasso Placidi and Thomas Sanderling.
He has also been a featured artist at numerous festivals and has appeared in hundreds of recitals at the most prestigious concert halls in London, New York, Washington, Tokyo, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, Warsaw, Prague, Stockholm, Rome, Tel Aviv as well as the entire major venues in Russia.
Alexander Ghindin studied with Mikhail Voskresensky at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 2006 he has been appointed Artistic Director of his own concert series at one of Russia’s most distinguished concert venues, the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre.
“It must have been the thrill of their relatively young lives, playing a cornerstone of the repertory with the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall. The lucky – and gifted – four were the finalists in the 17th biennial Cleveland International Piano Competition. It was Alexander Ghindin of Russia who garnered the whopping first prize for a series of muscular and assured performances, including a grandly conceived account of Liszt’s b-minor Sonata in the semi-finals and a potent and nuanced reading of Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto. Of the four, only Ghindin possessed the stage maturity of a world-class professional pianist.”
“Mr. Ghindin ended by conquering the devilish demands of Liszt’s Sonata in b-minor, the highlight of the evening. The enthusiastic audience was rewarded with three encores.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A full week before he won first prize in the 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Russian Alexander Ghindin leapt to the front of the pack with expressive and dazzling performances of Schumann’s Kinderszenen and three movements from Stravinsky’s Petrouchka. It was immediately apparent that Ghindin had something special to offer. Ghindin is a dynamic artist who also wraps his heart around lyrical phrases. Put another way, he has the power and speed of a virtuoso, plus the perception and poise needed to explore the inner workings of a score.”
THE PLAIN DEALER
“Ghindin splendid with Rachmaninov – One could have imagined Rachmaninov himself at the keyboard with an Ormandy-era Philadelphia Orchestra behind him as guest soloist Alexander Ghindin tore into the Rachmaninov First Piano Concerto with Kevin Rhodes at the helm of the Springfield Symphony. It was that good. In pre-concert interviews, Rhodes made grand promises for Ghindin’s performance; Ghindin and everyone on stage delivered the goods, utterly justifying the standing ovation that swept the crowd.”
“In the case of the Piano Concerto No. 3 in C-major by Prokofiev, as performed by Alexander Ghindin, were talking a whole lot of real, honest notes played extraordinarily well. He is one of those rare pianists who combine expressiveness with finely honed technique, so that every note he plays is struck with laser-like precision, yet each passage is so perfectly phrased that the music sounds as if he is improvising on the spot – that the soloist is not so much playing along with the orchestra as challenging it, duelling with it. Ghindin responded to the heartfelt standing ovation he received with an encore that was completely surprising and completely wonderful – John Philip Sousas ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’, performed in a way that can only be described as orchestral.”
“Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 can be a trial if the music isn’t treated with absolute seriousness. From the brooding opening chords, Ghindin seemed to announce that he would not be a show-off or resort to bombast and cliché. Instead, he emphasized the music’s lyricism and connective tissue, stepping to the forefront when the piano needs to play protagonist and weaving the filigreed material deftly into the orchestral sound scapes. Ghindin refused to glide across the surface, preferring to keep the limber folk elements in controlled, quicksilver focus.”
THE CHAUTAUQUAN DAILY
“The history of musical competitions shows that only a handful of top-prize winners go on to major concert careers. But Ghindin’s first recital here since taking first prize in August confirmed that he is no pianistic fluke. He was poetic and charismatic in ‘From Russia with Love’, his program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The advertising turned out to be truthful: The repertoire remained firmly entrenched in the pianists homeland, and he played as if he adored each of the gazillion notes his fingers projected.”
THE PLAIN DEALER