Alexandre Kantorow has been hailed by critics as the 'young tsar of the piano' (Classica) and 'Liszt reincarnated' (Fanfare), he has received numerous other awards and is already being invited at the highest level worldwide. In 2019, at the age of 22, he was the first French pianist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition as well as the Grand Prix, awarded only three times before in the competition's history.
Kantorow began his career at an early stage; at 16 he made his debut at La Folle Journée festival in Nantes and since then has played with many of the world’s major orchestras. Highlights in recent and future seasons include concerts with the Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Berlin, Philharmonia, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Boston Symphony, Montreal Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras and tours with the Orchestre National de Toulouse, Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic; conductors with whom he is performing include Rouvali, Barenboim, Kochanovsky, Yamada, Petrenko, Ivan Fischer, Sokhiev and Pappano amongst others.
In recital Kantorow appears at major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in their Master Pianists series, Konzerthaus Berlin, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Philharmonie de Paris, BOZAR in Brussels, Stockholm Konserthus and at the most prestigious festivals including La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, Verbier Festival and Klavierfest Ruhr. In the 21/22 season he was Artist-in-Residence at Radio France, the Gstaad festival and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. Chamber music is also one his great pleasures and he regularly performs with artists such as Victor Julien-Laferrière, Renaud Capuçon, Daniel Lozakovick and Matthias Goerne.
Kantorow records exclusively with BIS, to great critical acclaim. In 2022 he received a double Diapason d’Or for his latest recordings of Brahms solo works and Saint-Saëns Concerti 1 & 2, with his Brahms recording also receiving the 2021 Trophée Radio Classique. His recordings of Saint-Saëns Concerti 3-5 and his solo disc of Brahms, Bartók and Liszt also won the Diapason d’Or and the Choc de l’Année (Classica) in 2019 and 2020 respectively, and his à la Russe recital recording won numerous awards and distinctions in 2017, including Choc de l’Année (Classica), Diapason découverte (Diapason), Supersonic (Pizzicato) and CD des Doppelmonats (PianoNews).
Kantorow is a laureate of the Safran Foundation and Banque Populaire, and in 2019 was named ‘Musical Revelation of the Year’ by the Professional Critics Association. In 2020, he won the Victoires de la Musique Classique in two categories: Recording of the Year and Instrumental Soloist of the Year. In 2021 he received the Trophée d’Année from Radio Classique.
Born in France and of French-British heritage, Kantorow studied with Pierre-Alain Volondat, Igor Lazko, Franck Braley and Rena Shereshevskaya.
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58
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
Concerto pour piano (world premiere in Summer 2023)
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
Arie van Beek
Livestreams & Broadcasts
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"
"He is the real deal, a fire-breathing virtuoso with a poetic charm and innate stylistic mastery."
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.”