Alexandre Kantorow was born in 1997 in Clermont-Ferrand to a family of musicians. He began to study piano at the age of five at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Cergy-Pontoise. At the age of eleven Kantorow began studies with Pierre-Alain Volondat, and continued training with Igor Lazko at the Schola Cantorum de Paris, as well as with Frank Braley and Haruko Ueda. Later he studied at the École Normale de Musique de Paris in Rena Shereshevskaya’s class.
When he was sixteen years old, Kantorow was invited to play at the Lа Folle Journée festival in Nantes and has since appeared at such festivals as the Festival International de Piano de La Roque-d’Anthéron, the festival Chopin à Paris and the festival Piano aux Jacobins.
At the age of seventeen he performed at the Philharmonie de Paris with the Pasdeloup Orchestra at its inaugural season to an audience of about 2,500. Since then he has played with many orchestras, such as the Kansai Philharmonic, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Geneva Orchestra, the Bern Orchestra and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse among others. He has since appeared at major concert halls including the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the BOZAR in Brussels and the auditorium in the Louis Vuitton Foundation.
In 2019 Alexandre Kantorow won the 1st prize, Gold Medal and Grand Prix at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. With this win, he became the first French winner in the history of the competition. Further to his victory, Valery Gergiev asked Kantorow to accompany him and the Mariinsky Orchestra for a series of concerts in Europe.
His BIS recording À la russe (2017; works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and Balakirev) has won many awards and distinctions including Choc de l’Année (Classica), Diapason découverte (Diapason), Supersonic (Pizzicato) and CD des Doppelmonats (PIANONews). For BIS he has also recorded piano concerti by Liszt (2015) and Saint-Saëns (2019), rhapsodies by Brahms, Bartók and Liszt and Piano Sonata No. 2 by Brahms (2020).
In 2019 Alexandre Kantorow was named “Musical revelation of the year” by the Professional Critics Association. In 2020 he has been awarded two Victoires de la musique classique: “Recording of the year” (CD with concerti by Saint-Saëns) and “Instrumental soloist of the year”.
Information for November 2020