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.
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.
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58
Triple Concerto, Op. 56
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 (from 24/25)
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.83
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21
"L'Espérance de l'aube" Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, S.124
Piano Concerto No.2 in A major, S.125
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major (from 23/24)
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22
Piano Concerto No.5 in F major, Op.103 'Egyptian'
Piano Concerto No.2 in G major, Op.44
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Arie van Beek
Jaap van Zweden
Livestreams & Broadcasts
Orchestre de Paris | November 2023 | cond. Klaus Mäkelä
Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5 in F major 'Egyptian'
Berlin Philharmoniker | September 2023 | cond. Tugan Sokhiev
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal | February 2023 | cond. Kent Nagano
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
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"
SWR Symphonieorchester | January 2022 | cond. Teodor Currentzis
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra | October 2020 | dir. Gordan Nikolić
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2
'Musicmakers' Documentary Interview | 2022
New York Times (Critic's Pick)
"There is intriguing tension between Kantorow’s lucid, pearly touch and the Romantic wildness of his music-making. [...] They brought together suavity and showmanship."
The Times, 5*
"If his sheer virtuosity is impressive, it is his ear for poetry that makes him a true artist."
"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."