…His improvisatory instincts and formidable analytic powers enliven everything he touches, abetted by a technique that knows no difficulties plus a keen ear for nuance and tone colour.
Jed Distler, Gramophone
His interpretation of Bach/Busoni’s Chaconne was one of the high points of the entire competition. I was genuinely hypnotised by it. Gadjiev has true elegance and passion.
His strength lies in the originality and creativity of his interpretation. It is based on tradition but goes well beyond the traditional confines of music.
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 Silič, and continued his studies with his father, the well-known teacher Siavush Gadjiev. Alexander played for the first time with an orchestra at the age of nine, and he gave his first solo recital at the age of ten. In 2012 he graduated magna cum laude from the Conservatorio di Musica Bruno Maderna (Cesena). Since 2013 he has been attending the Master’s degree course under the guidance of Pavel Gililov at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. Also is studying with Eldar Nebolsin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. Is currently BBC New Generation Artist (2019–2022).
Recipient of the Premio Nazionale delle Arti (Trieste, 2012). Prize-winner at the International Piano Competition of Friuli Venezia Giulia (2012; 3rd prize), the National Piano Competition Premio Venezia (2013; 1st prize), the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Japan, 2015; 1st prize and Audience Award), the Monte-Carlo Piano Masters competition (Monaco, 2018; 1st prize), the Sydney International Piano Competition (2021; Ernest Hutcheson First Prize, Edward Goll Best Performance of a work by Liszt, Roger Smalley Best Preliminary Recital, Malcolm Williamson Best Performance of an Australian Piece, Miriam Hyde Best Performance of a work by a Romantic period composer (excluding Liszt), Lance Dosser Best Performance of a work by a Classical period composer (excluding Beethoven), Best Program Presentation in Semi Final or Final) and the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (Warsaw, 2021; 2nd prize and Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a sonata).
Has appeared at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, Turin’s Teatro Regio, Ravenna’s Teatro Alighieri, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Paris’ Salle Cortot, the Bunka Kaikan concert hall in Tokyo and numerous other venues. Has performed with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the I Virtuosi Italiani orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Mitteleuropa Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles. Has collaborated with such conductors as Yuri Temirkanov, Kazuki Yamada, Marek Pijarowski, Ken Takaseki, Anton Nanut, Christopher Franklin, Marco Guidarini, Olivier Ochanine, Ulrich Windfuhr, Giedrė Šlekytė, Gianluca Martinenghi and Tiziano Severini. Has played at the Verbier Festival, the MITO SettembreMusica festival in Turin, the Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival, the ClaviCologne International Piano Festival in Düsseldorf, the Festival de Piano Rafael Orozco in Córdoba, the Ljubljana Festival, the Bologna Festival and the Salzburger Kammermusik Festival to name but a few.
In 2018 he recorded the solo album Literary Fantasies featuring works by Liszt and Schumann in collaboration with the ACOUSENCE label.
Since September 2021 he is an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Waterloo, Belgium; class of Louis Lortie).
Information for December 2021