Contestant 15: Alexandre Moutouzkine

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Alexander MoutouzkineHaving been soloist with an endless list of symphony orchestras around the World, Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine is one of the most experienced contestants at Top of the World 2013, and no doubt a hot favorite to win.

Alexandre has toured throughout Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Italy, and North and South America, as well as in China and Japan. In recent seasons, he has appeared as soloist with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain, Cleveland Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Valencia Philharmonic, the Gran Canaria and Tenerife symphonies in the Canary Islands, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Panama, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic.

His recital in London’s Wigmore Hall was hailed by International Piano magazine as “grandly organic, with many personal and pertinent insights, offering a thoughtful balance between rhetoric and fantasy…technically dazzling.” Mr. Moutouzkine’s performance of Chopin Études in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory was recorded live and released on the Classical Music Archives label in Russia.

The winner of many renowned piano competition awards, Mr. Moutouzkine claimed top prizes at the Walter W. Naumburg, Cleveland, Montreal, and Arthur Rubinstein international competitions, among others. He is a winner of Astral Artists’ 2009 National Auditions, and his recital with violinist Kristin Lee on Astral’s series also received critical acclaim. Highlights of the upcoming season include Mr. Moutouzkine’s return to Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, chamber music concerts with violinist Mikhail Simonyan at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Bremen Musikfest and performances of “Between the Keys,” a program of the complete solo piano works of John Corigliano.

Recent highlights include Mr. Moutouzkine’s debuts at the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Berliner Symphoniker, a chamber music concert in Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse with the Jasper String Quartet, performances in Colombia, a recital in Puerto Rico and recitals throughout Asia, including appearances in the Beijing Concert Hall and Japan’s Yokohama Hall.

Following the success of a performance of his own solo piano transcription of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, performed live alongside specially commissioned animation entitled Who Stole The Mona Lisa?, he opened Astral’s 2012-2013 season with a repeat performance, in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Alexandre Moutouzkine holds a Master’s degree and post-graduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky. He holds undergraduate degrees from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover and Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Music Academy. In November Alexandre was award a “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Manhattan School of Music and invited to join its college faculty starting September 2013.

Here’s Alexander Moutiuzkine at the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition 2011.

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