Alexander Yakovlev was born in Rostov-on-Don. He began to study music at the age of six. Graduated from the Rostov-on-Don Conservatoire and completed a postgraduate study at the conservatoire, specialising in piano (class of Sergei Osipenko). Studied composition under Leonid Klinichev. He subsequently went on to study at the Salzburg Mozarteum under Alexei Lyubimov and at the Universität der Künste Berlin under Pascal Devoyon.
The pianist’s international career really began to take off following his victory at the Frédéric Chopin International Competition in Rome (2006). At that competition Alexander Yakovlev took the Grand-Prix and was awarded a concert grand piano.
Between 2006 and 2012 the pianist won numerous first prizes at prestigious international competitions, among them the International Piano Competition in Geneva, the Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Rina Sala Gallo in Monza (Italy), the International Piano Competition in Seregno (Italy), the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (at which the pianist also received the Italian Presidential Prize “For Services to Italian Culture in 2013”), the Artur Schnabel International Piano Competition in Berlin, the International Piano Competition in Monterrey (Mexico), the Parnassos Piano Competition and the International Piano Competition in Cincinnati (USA, 2012).
Alexander Yakovlev regularly performs concerts in Europe, America and Japan. He has appeared at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Großer Saal of the Berliner Philharmonie, Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona and the Hall of the Sapienza University of Rome.
The pianist collaborates with such illustrious music ensembles as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Rome Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, the symphony orchestra of the Serate musicale festival in Milan, the Mihail Jora Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; he performs under such maestri Kent Nagano, Ravil Martynov, Semyon Kogan, Dmitry Yablonsky, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Shinsaku Tsutsumi, Ovidiu Balan, Alexander Polyanichko, Andrei Anikhanov and Conrad van Alphen.
Alexander Yakovlev is a guest artist of the Teatro Real in A Coruña (Spain). For more detailed information about the performer please go to: www.yakovlev-piano.com.