Alexander Ghindin

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Contestant 4: We are continuing our countdown to the Top of the World International Piano Competition, and have got to one of the World’s most merited performers – Russia’s Alexander Ghindin.

Alexander Ghindin is one of the most appreciated pianists in demand throughout Russia today. He has become a fast-rising star on the international concert stage since he became the youngest-ever laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1994, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation.

He’s won 2nd prize at Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 1999, and came 1st in Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2007. The feat was repeated at the International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina, Brazil, July last year.

Alexander Ghindin subsequently joined the Moscow State Philharmonic as soloist in 1999, and during his ensuing solo and orchestral career has performed in numerous countries.

In 2006 Alexander Ghindin was named an Honored Artist of Russia, and has since become Artistic Director of his own concert series at one of Russias most distinguished concert venues, the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center.

Alexander Ghindins 2008/2009 season was packed with more than 100 performances throughout the United States, Europe and Russia. Highlights included performing with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, as well as with, among others, the orchestras of Bordeaux, Ekaterinaburg, Kazan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Moscow, Pau, Monte Carlo, Prague, Slovenia and Vilnius.
In the season 2010/2011 Ghindin was engaged as the Artistic Director of four festivals: in Moscow, in Perm (Russia), in Minsk (Belorussia) and the Swedish Royal Festival in Stockholm.

Alexander Ghindin has recorded altogether 15 CDs. These include a recording of Rachmaninoffs Piano Concertos N°s 1 & 4 in their original versions, with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra led by Vladimir Ashkenazy (2001, on Ondine). He has also appeared on TV and Radio in Russia, Germany, Belgium, Japan, France, Luxembourg, Poland and elsewhere.

Here‘s a clip showing Ghindin at Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2007.

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