Soloist: Alexandre Kantorow (piano), the recipient of the 1st prize and Grand Prix at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition
The Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Three excerpts from La Damnation de Faust
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
A student of Rena Shereshevskaya, a teacher known to Russian music lovers, he is known first and foremost in connection with Lucas Debargue, and this year he received 1st prize, the Gold Medal and Grand Prix at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Never in its recent history has the competition jury been so unanimous in its selection of the winner. The performance style of Alexandre Kantorow, who stood apart from other pianists, instantly enchanted not just the audience but also such professional musicians as Menahem Pressler, Nelson Freire and Barry Douglas. The competition demonstrated the pianist’s romantic performance technique which was revealed, first and foremost, in the flight of the phrasing and the improvised manner of the pianist’s playing.
At the International Piano Festival Alexandre Kantorow will be performing Tchaikovsky's Second Piano Concerto under Valery Gergiev. The twenty-year-old musician is highly accomplished in this theatrical music, complex in its form, which he dazzlingly performed in the finale of the competition.