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Alexander Melnikov

SCRIABIN Sonata No. 2
SCRIABIN Sonata No. 3
SCRIABIN Sonata No. 9
DEBUSSY Préludes Livre II

Konzerthaus Berlin, Kleiner Saal | Monday, 4th May, 8pm
Alexander Melnikov

Alexander Melnikov is considered one of the best Russian pianists of his generation. He is an ECHO Classic and Grammy-award winner and has also received a Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Prize. Alexander Melnikov’s recording of the complete Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich was named by BBC Music Magazine as one of the “50 Greatest Recordings of All Time.”

Melnikov is well known to the German public as an absolute Scriabin luminary. With the three Scriabin sonatas that he has selected for the Berlin Piano Festival, Melnikov celebrates the 100th anniversary of this exceptional composer and follows them with Debussy's Préludes Book II, thereby creating a sophisticated combination of Russian expressionism and French impressionism.
Alexander Melnikov

Alexander Melnikov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Naumov. His most formative musical moments in Moscow include his early encounter with Svjatoslav Richter, who thereafter regularly invited him to festivals in Russia and France. He was awarded important prizes at such eminent competitions as the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau (1989) and the Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth in Brussels (1991).

Known for his often-unusual musical and programmatic decisions, Alexander Melnikov discovered a career-long interest in historical performance practice at an early age. His major influences in this field include Andreas Staier and Alexei Lubimov, with whom he collaborated on numerous projects. Melnikov performs regularly with such distinguished period ensembles as the Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Orchestre des Champs-Élysées.

n the 2014/15 season, Alexander Melnikov begins an artistic partnership with the Tapiola Sinfonietta over three seasons. In addition to concerts with the Trondheim Symfoniorkester under Krzysztof Urbanski, NDR-Sinfonieorchester under Pablo Heras-Casado and ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien under Teodor Currentzis, he continues his collaborations with such ensembles as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Freiburger Barockorchester.
Alexander Melnikov
Alexander Melnikov