“The 31 year old Volodin, First Prize winner of Zurich's Géza
Anda Competition in 2003, is light years removed from the generic
Russian firebrand type of keyboard artist. His finely calibrated
rendition of Beethoven's most introspective piano concerto revealed a
sensitive musician who emphasized the score's subtle interplay of sun
and shadow rather than a flashy display of pianistic bombast.
Volodin's flawless, rock solid technique dazzled the ear without the power pounding excess that too often impresses competition juries and audiences. His runs and triplets, often fudged or approximated by more established artists, were perfectly articulated, a stunning display of enlightened musicality and technical aplomb. Volodin was particularly impressive in a delicate, almost Chopinesque traversal of the Andante con moto: the mystery at the movement's conclusion beautifully revealed. A bright, suavely elegant reading of the Rondo Vivace finale capped an impressive performance bay remarkably gifted young pianist.”
(Lawrence Budmen. Music & Vision, Daily classical Music Magazine)
Alexei Volodin is one of the most outstanding Russian pianists of the present day. A virtuoso and deeply philosophical musician, Alexei Volodin has a performing style that is entirely his own, one where there is no room for external effects. His pianism stands apart for its precision and the mellow nature of his performances of works from various ages and in different styles.
Alexei Volodin was born in 1977 in Leningrad. He studied under Irina Chaklina, Tatiana Zelikman and Eliso Virsaladze, in whose class he graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire and completed his postgraduate studies. In 2001 he continued his studies at the International Piano Academy Lake Como (Italy). The musician’s international career truly began to take off following his victory at the International Géza Anda Competition in Zurich (Switzerland) in 2003.
The pianist frequently appears at the world’s most prestigious venues, among them the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Tonhalle (Zurich), the Lincoln Center (New York), the Théâtre des Champs Élysées (Paris), the Palau de la Música (Barcelona), the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Alte Oper (Frankfurt), the Herkulessaal and the Gasteig (Munich), the Konzerthaus (Vienna), La Scala and the Sala Verdi (Milan), the Sydney Opera House (Australia) and Suntory Hall (Tokyo) among others.
Alexei Volodin works with many highly acclaimed orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Gewandhausorchester, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, NHK (Japan), the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Orchestre National de France under such outstanding conductors as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vasily Sinaisky, Mikhail Pletnev, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, David Zinman, Gerd Albrecht, Carlo Rizzi, Semyon Bychkov and Marek Janowski.
The pianist has appeared at prestigious festivals throughout the world including the Roque d’Anthéron and Radio France Festival, Verbier and Lucerne (Switzerland), the Ruhr Festival (Germany), the Stars of the White Nights (St Petersburg) and the Moscow Easter Festival. He has produced recordings together with Live Classics (Germany), ABC Classics (Australia) and Challenge Records (the Netherlands).
Alexei Volodin is an exclusive artist for the company Steinway and Sons.