Honoured Artist of Russia
Alexander Ghindin has been unanimously acclaimed by critics and music lovers as one of the most talented and original pianists of the present day.
Ghindin was born in 1977 in Moscow. Before entering the Conservatoire in 1994, at the age of seventeen he became the youngest-ever laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation.
Later he gained in Second prize at the International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in Brussels in 1999. These successes assisted the start of the pianist’s extremely intensive recital activities.
In 2007 he was a First prize-winner at the International Piano Competition in Cleveland (USA) and was engaged for over fifty concerts in the USA. According to critics, he “made a staggering impression on the audience, demonstrating such a high level of mastery that makes every one of his performances special and unforgettable.” (Art and Life). In July 2010 Alexander Ghindin won First prize at the International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina (Florianópolis, Brazil). In 2006, Alexander Ghindin was named Honoured Artist of Russia.
In 2001 Ondine records has released the world première recording of the original version of Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 1 and 4 performed by Alexander Ghindin together with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Alexander Ghindin is a frequent jury member of such competition as the Nutcracker Young Performers’ International TV Competition (2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011); First Russian Music Competition (Moscow, 2010); International Piano Competition in Cleveland (USA, 2011) and others.
Since 2006, Ghindin has been Artistic Director of his own concert series at one of Russias most distinguished concert venues, the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center, where he has performed the unique programs, such as: The recital of Four Pianos, Duo Program for Piano and Organ, American music for Two Pianos, including prepared instruments and others.
Alexander Ghindin is also an International Artistic Co-Director of "Swedish Royal Festival" and Artistic Director and conductor of Ensemble of Soloist "Hermitage" and Kaluga Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Alexander Ghindin tours successfully throughout Russia and abroad. The pianist has performed with such major Russian and international orchestras as the Grand Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Russian National Orchestra, the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Moscow Virtuosi ensemble, the St Petersburg Camerata Orchestra of the State Hermitage, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the "Salzburg Camerata", the Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestras of London, Helsinki, Luxemburg, Liège, Freiburg, Monte Carlo and Munich, Japan’s Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the New Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra to name but a few.
Conductors the pianist has worked with include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Minin, Arnold Katz, Yurij Simonov, Dmitry Kitayenko, Fuat Mansurov, Vasily Sinaisky, Alexander Lazarev, Saulus Sondeckis, Alan Gilbert, Krzysztof Penderecki, Paavo Järvi, James DePreist, Leonard Slatkin, Louis Langrée, Eliahu Inbal, Arthur Fagen, David Shallon, Juozas Domarkas and others.
Alexander Ghindin is a constant participant at international music festivals. He has appeared at the Russian festivals Russian Winter, Stars at the Kremlin, The New Century of Russian Piano Music, Vladimir Spivakov Invites, The Musical Kremlin and the International Sakharov Arts Festival as well as the Swedish Royal Festival in Stockholm, the Robert Casadesus International Piano Encounters in Lille, the Vladimir Spivakov Festival in Colmar, the Radio France Festival, Folle journee (France), Bad Kissengen Sommer (Germany), the Rising Stars festival (Poland), Days of Russian Culture in Moravia (Czech Republic), the Ruhr Piano Festival (Germany) and festivals in Echternach, La Roque d’Anthéron, Brussels, Limoges, Lille, Cracow, Rome, Sintra and Sicily.
The musician has made numerous recordings on television and radio in Russia, Belgium, Germany, France, Luxemburg, Poland and Japan. He has released 28 CDs with leading recording companies in Russia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Finland and Japan including Decca, Capriccio, Ondine, Tri-M Classics, Russian Season (the Russian partner of Le Chant du Monde), DML, CD Accord and Naxos among others.