24 December 2017
Ramm plays with enormous musical authority. Unlike many young instrumentalists, he is not intimidated by the reflective or the elegiac; nor is he nervous about the length of pauses, or the creation of inter-phrase silence. His is a phenomenal technique and he demonstrated it to full effect in this captivating performance.
Alexander Ramm was born in 1988 in Vladivostok. In 2012 he graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (cello class of Natalia Shakhovskaya and chamber ensemble class of Alexander Bonduryansky). He is currently perfecting his skills at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler (class of Frans Helmerson).
From the age of nine he has appeared as a soloist and with orchestras. Prize-winner at several international competitions including the Cambridge International Boston Competition (2005, 1st prize), the Moscow Festival of Romantic Music for Young Musicians (2006, Grand-Prix), the UNISA International Strings Competition in South Africa (2010, 4th prize) and the Beijing International Music Competition (2010, Grand-Prix). In August 2012 together with pianist Anna Odintsova he was a prize-winner at the Swedish International Duo Competition. In April 2013 he took 3rd prize at one of the most prestigious cello competitions - the Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki, becoming the first Russian musician to become a prize-winner at that competition. In June 2015 he won 2nd and the Silver Medal at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Since 2012 he has been a soloist with the St Petersburg House of Music, and since 2011 he has participated in concert programmes of the Moscow Philharmonic, including the Stars of the XXI Century project. Regularly appears at the Moscow Easter Festival.
Tours to many cities throughout Russia, Lithuania, Sweden, Austria, Finland, South Africa, Japan, Fance and Bulgaria; gives recitals at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. Collaborates with conductors including Michail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski, Vladimir Spivakov, Valery Gergiev, Alexander Sladkovsky and Valery Polyansky.
Engagements for the 2016–2017 season include appearances at the Philharmonie de Paris, London's Cadogan Hall together with Valery Gergiev and a performance of Shostakovich's Second Cello Concerto under Michail Jurowski in Belgrade.
Since 2011 he has performed an instrument crafted by the acclaimed contemporary maestro Gabriele Jebran Yakoub, presented to him by the Schreve family (Amsterdam) and Elena Lukyanova (Moscow).