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Alexandre Kantorow

Piano
Gilmore Artist Award 2024
Tchaikovsky Competition 2019, Gold Medal & Grand Prix

  • Alexandre Kantorow is the winner of the 2024 Gilmore Artist Award, the youngest pianist and the first French artist to receive this accolade. Four years ago, at the age of 22, he was the first French pianist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, also receiving the Grand Prix, previously awarded only three times in the competition’s history. Now in demand at the highest level worldwide, he is applauded for his innate poetic charm, luminous clarity and stunning virtuosity.

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  • In recital, Kantorow appears at major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Philharmonie de Paris and Tokyo Opera City, and in 2023 he makes his debut at New York's Carnegie Hall. He performs regularly at the most prestigious festivals around the globe, including the Ravinia Festival, Verbier Festival and BBC Proms. Chamber music is one of his great pleasures, and he performs with artists such as violinist Renaud Capuçon, violist Antoine Tamestit, cellist Gautier Capuçon, and baritone Matthias Goerne.

    Highlights of Kantorow’s upcoming seasons include concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic and tours with the Munich Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras amongst others, and with conductors including Manfred Honeck, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Jaap van Zweden, Francois-Xavier Roth and Klaus Mäkelä. Past highlights have included performances with the Boston Symphony, Budapest Festival and Israel Philharmonic orchestras, and with conductors such as Sir Antonio Pappano and Valery Gergiev.

    Kantorow records exclusively for BIS, now part of Apple Music. All his recordings have received the highest critical acclaim internationally as well as multiple awards, including several Diapason d’Or, Victoires de la musique Classique and Trophée d’Année and in 2022 he was featured in Gramophone magazine, with a full front-page cover and Editor’s Choice.

    Kantorow is a laureate of the Safran Foundation and Banque Populaire Foundation. Born in France and of French British heritage, Kantorow studied with Pierre-Alain Volondat, Igor Lazko, Frank Braley, and Rena Shereshevskaya.

    2023/24 season / 328 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Concerto repertoire

Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58
Triple Concerto, Op. 56


Brahms
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 (from 24/25)
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.83


Chopin
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21


Connesson
"L'Espérance de l'aube" Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra


Liszt
Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, S.124
Piano Concerto No.2 in A major, S.125


Prokofiev
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16


Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


Saint-Saens
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22
Piano Concerto No.5 in F major, Op.103 'Egyptian'


Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No.2 in G major, Op.44

Conductors

Alain Altinoglu
Daniel Barenboim
Andrey Boreyko
Lionel Bringuier
Nicholas Collon
Teodor Currentzis
Paul Daniel
Thomas Dausgaard
Augustin Dumay
Maxim Emelyanichev
Ivan Fischer
Mikko Franck
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Gustavo Gimeno
Roberto Gonzales-Monjas
Thomas Guggeis
Thomas Hengelbrock
Pablo Heras-Casado
Anthony Hermus
Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Kirill Karabits
Stanislav Kochanovsky
Alexander Lazarev
Klaus Mäkelä
Kent Nagano
Gordan Nikolic
Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Antonio Pappano
Vasily Petrenko
Andris Poga
Anna Rakitina
Jérémie Rhorer
François-Xavier Roth
Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Ainars Rubikis
Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Lahav Shani
Aziz Shokhakimov
Alexander Sladkovsky
Dima Slobodeniouk
Tugan Sokhiev
Dalia Stasevska
Marcus Stenz
John Storgards
Arie van Beek
Osmo Vanska
Lorenzo Viotti
Kazuki Yamada
Simone Young
Xian Zhang
Jaap van Zweden

Livestreams & Broadcasts

Orchestre de Paris | November 2023 | cond. Klaus Mäkelä


Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5 in F major 'Egyptian'


Click to watch on medici.tv


 


Berlin Philharmoniker | September 2023 | cond. Tugan Sokhiev


Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2


Click to watch on Berlin Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall


 


Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal | February 2023 | cond. Kent Nagano


Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2


Click to watch on medici.tv


 


Philharmonie de Paris Recital | March 2023


Brahms Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1
Schubert (arr. Liszt) Selected Lieder
Schubert Fantasie in C major, Op.15, D. 760, "Wanderer Fantasy"


Click to watch on medici.tv


 


SWR Symphonieorchester | January 2022 | cond. Teodor Currentzis


Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2


Click to watch on YouTube


 


Netherlands Chamber Orchestra | October 2020 | dir. Gordan Nikolić


Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2


Click to watch on YouTube


 


'Musicmakers' Documentary Interview | 2022


Click to watch on medici.tv

"There is intriguing tension between Kantorow’s lucid, pearly touch and the Romantic wildness of his music-making. [...] They brought together suavity and showmanship."

New York Times (Critic's Pick)

"If his sheer virtuosity is impressive, it is his ear for poetry that makes him a true artist."

The Times, 5*

"This was a tremendous recital, which pulled you into four very different expressive worlds while giving a strong sense of the single personality that shaped them."

Telegraph

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All artists

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Harpsichord

Richard Egarr

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles

Saxophone

Jess Gillam

Contralto

Avery Amereau