Alexander Romanovsky

Piano

"Alexander Romanovsky is special, not just an extraordinary technician with a flair for color and fantasy, but also a sensitive musician and lucid interpreter."

The New York Times

"the latest pianist to be hailed as the true heir to the great Russian tradition"

The Guardian

"a dramatist and poet of lyrical charm"

Classic FM

"Romanovsky can produce the thunderous sound and sharp-edged, ringing bass that sends a tingle down the spine"

Gramophone

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Described by Carlo Maria Giulini as “extraordinarily gifted”, pianist Alexander Romanovsky is a riveting, distinct and subtle performer with an utterly engaging voice.

Born in Ukraine in 1984, Alexander studied with his mentor Leonid Margarius at the Imola Piano Academy for fifteen years before continuing his studies at the Royal College of Music (London) with Dmitry Alexeev.  At the age of seventeen, he won First Prize at the prestigious Busoni Competition in Italy.

Praised by The New York Times as “special, not just an extraordinary technician with a flair for colour and fantasy, but also a sensitive musician and lucid interpreter,” Alexander graces many of the world’s most prestigious stages in recital. Recent highlights include performances at the Main hall of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire; Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Teatro Olimpico in Rome; Tokyo’s Asahi and Kioi halls; Chile’s Teatro Municipal; and Sala Verdi at Milan’s Conservatorio; as well as a performance with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Romanovsky regularly performs with major orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and The Americas including the UK’s Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber, Hallé and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras; Italy’s Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala; Russia’s Mariinsky and Russian National orchestras and St. Petersburg and National philharmonics; Japan’s Tokyo and NHK symphony orchestras; Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival; and with the New York Philharmonic, under Alan Gilbert, at the Bravo! Vail Festival. He collaborates at a very high level with conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Valery Gergiev, Michael Pletnev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir Antonio Pappano, Gianandrea Noseda and James Conlon.

In 2017-18 Alexander continues to perform across Europe, with recitals at venues including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Casa da Música in Porto, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Maag MusicHall in Zurich, Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, as well as the International Piano Series in Fribourg. He will also appear as a soloist across the Americas with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Costa Rica, Caracas Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, and Pacific and Santa Barbara Symphonies in the USA, performing Liszt as well as Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto, which forms an important part of the season.

Alexander performs extensively throughout Italy, where he has lived since early childhood. In 2007, he was invited to give a concert at the Papal Residence in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI in celebration of the 110th Anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s birth.

Since 2007, he has released five critically acclaimed albums on Decca: Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Brahms/Schumann, Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux and Corelli Variations, Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas, and more recently Childhood Memories. Alexander Romanovsky has held the post of Artistic Director of the Vladimir Krainev Moscow International Piano Competition since 2014.

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CD [Decca] - Rachmaninov: ‘Études-Tableaux’ (Op. 39); Corelli ‘Variations’ (Op. 42) ; Schumann ‘Symphonic Etudes’; Brahms ‘Paganini Variations’

Released 2009

Alexander Romanovsky is special, not just an extraordinary technician with a flair for color and fantasy, but also a sensitive musician and lucid interpreter… Mr. Romanovsky’s effortless ability to dispatch swirling streams of agitated passagework and myriad colorings comes through excitingly. Yet for all the fireworks there is wondrous clarity and grace in the playing.

Anthony Thommasini, The New York Times

Alexander Romanovsky’s second CD for Decca really marks out this 24-year-old as something special. His playing has you continuously at the edge of your seat… he sounds a lot like Rachmaninov himself, and there can hardly be higher praise. The Corelli Variations, too, are superbly done, as though conceived in a single breath…I think I would place Romanovsky as the most outstanding of contemporary versions. A truly remarkable disc.

Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine

Alexander Romanovsky is the latest ­pianist to be hailed as the true heir to the great Russian tradition… The nine Etudes-Tableaux all have a wonderful sense of poise and poetic integrity, whatever technical demands they make, while the Corelli Variations are sustained in a single sweep. This is very controlled, impressive piano playing.

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

Romanovsky can produce the thunderous sound and sharp-edged, ringing bass that sends a tingle down the spine.

Gramophone

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 / Tchaikovsky Concert Hall / Yuri Simonov

February 2017

Romanovsky shows himself more mature, relaxed and self-assured than in 2014. There are good reasons for this. His phrases are more closed. He also plays the Allegro molto section in the cadenza more fluidly and contingently than before. Playing this composer so compellingly is very difficult and only a few pianists succeed…In the second movement, the young pianist presents all his strength as a lyricist. His performance is a musical masterpiece in terms of dynamics, agogics and coloration, and atmosphere. Here, in the foreground is a poetic animation with passionate emotion…Romanovsky reaped raging enthusiasm among the Moscow public. This is not to be seen every day in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, where the world’s best pianists perform.

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Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1 / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Aleksander Marković

October 2016

After a declamatory opening, with echoes of Grieg, Romanovsky laid bare an astonishing technique allied to interpretative insight. He sailed effortlessly through the first movement’s formidable demands and brought to it elemental power, precision and poetic expression, notably in a melting dialogue for piano and cellos. Thundering octave scales were dashed down with total assurance, his flair never obscured by flamboyance. For the Andante, Romanovsky forged phrases of limpid beauty and judged to perfection the calibration of each note, partnered by orchestral playing of sustained eloquence. By contrast the finale has a glittering solo part and performed here with transparent ease. Now the piano’s upper register shone and iron-clad bass notes were added to Romanovsky’s tonal palette; the whole propelled by an energising Marković with tremendous gusto, soloist and players evidently enjoying themselves.

David Truslove, Bachtrack

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4 / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Gourlay

January 2016

It was also a kiss (on the hand!) that stood at the end the performance of the second piece this afternoon – a superbly played Fourth Piano Concerto by Rachmaninov at the hands of Alexander Romanovsky...played flowingly, coherently, effortlessly in the highly virtuoso passages, yet retaining a pithy sound. Romanovsky revelled in the jazzy opening of the middle movement as the orchestra revelled in its dreamy three-note-motif as if there was nothing musically more important to say. It was a thing of beauty, as was the third movement, played at breakneck speed, yet utterly focussed and with great accuracy.

Hedy Mühleck, Bachtrack

Romanovsky concentrated on the music’s remarkable cogency, bringing a strong rhythmic impulse and a mercurial pianism redolent of Rachmaninov himself. His Chopin Nocturne encore was a perfect choice, rich-toned and warmly pedalled.

Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post

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