At 22 years old, Alexandre Kantorow is 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. Already hailed by critics as the "young tsar of the piano" (Classica) and "Liszt reincarnate" (Fanfare), he has received numerous other awards and is already being invited at the highest level worldwide.
Even before the competition, Kantorow had already been attracting attention. He began his career at an early stage and at 16 made his debut at La Folle Journée festival in Nantes. Since then he has played with many orchestras, including regularly with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, and highlights in this and future seasons include the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Berlin and tours with the Orchestre National de Toulouse, Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic.
In recital he appears at major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in their Master Pianists series, Konzerthaus Berlin, 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.
He records exclusively with BIS, to great critical acclaim, and his à la Russe recital recording won numerous awards and distinctions including Choc de l’Année (Classica), Diapason découverte (Diapason), Supersonic (Pizzicato) and CD des Doppelmonats (PianoNews). For BIS he has also recorded concerti by Liszt and Saint-Saëns, with a forthcoming recital including rhapsodies by Brahms, Bartók and Liszt.
Alexandre 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.
Born in France and of French-British heritage, he has studied with Pierre-Alain Volondat, Igor Lazko, Franck Braley and Rena Shereshevskaya.
"He is the real deal, a fire-breathing virtuoso with a poetic charm and innate stylistic mastery."
"Rarely does a new release convince you that the next great pianist has appeared, but it happened here … total admiration and delight."
"Alexandre is already amongst the stars."