Alexander Toradze


Alexander Toradze is universally recognised as a masterful virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition. He appears with the leading orchestras of North America, including the New York Philharmonic, the Met Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. Overseas, he appears regularly with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the London Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic.

In June 2003, he made his triumphant debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. In November 2014 Toradze returned to the Mexico National Symphony for Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto just eight months following his lauded Shostakovich Second Concerto there. Recently he has performed with the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the Pacific Symphony, the London Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic, the Dresdner Philharmoniker, the Galicia Symphony and the London Philharmonic among other ensembles. Alexander Toradze regularly participates in summer music festivals including Salzburg, the White Nights in St Petersburg, London’s BBC Proms concerts and the Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Mikkeli (Finland), Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga and Ravinia Festivals.

In October 2011 Alexander Toradze embarked on a North American tour with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, playing Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto and Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. He also returned to the Seattle Symphony in April 2012. Alexander Toradze performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto in January 2011 with the Indianapolis Symphony under Dmitri Slobodeniouk. In February 2011 he returned to the Cincinnati Symphony for a performance of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto with maestro Paavo Järvi.

In 2012 the Pan label and the HR (Hessischer Rundfunk) released a highly acclaimed recording of Alexander Toradze performing Shostakovich piano concerti with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and Paavo Järvi. Alexander Toradze’s recording of all five Prokofiev concerti with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra for the Philips label is considered definitive among critics. Additionally, International Piano Quarterly named his recording of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto “historically the best on record” (from among over seventy recordings). Other highly successful recordings have included Scriabin’s Prometheus: The Poem of Fire with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, as well as recital albums of the works of Musorgsky, Stravinsky, Ravel and Prokofiev for the Angel/EMI label. Born in 1952 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Alexander Toradze graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow and soon became a professor there. In 1983, he emigrated to the United States. In 1991, he was appointed as the Martin Endowed Chair Professor of Piano at Indiana University South Bend, where he has created a teaching environment that is unparalleled in its unique methods. The members of the multi-national Toradze Piano Studio have developed into a worldwide touring ensemble that has gathered great critical acclaim on an international level. In the 2002-2003 season, the Studio appeared in New York, performing the complete cycle of Bach solo concerti, as well as Scriabin’s complete sonata cycle. The Studio has also performed projects detailing the piano and chamber works of Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Dvořák and Stravinsky in Rome, Venice and Ravenna (Italy), the Klavier Festival Ruhr and Berlin Festivals (Germany) and in Boston, Chicago and Washington D.C.

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