The Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle presents a piano recital at St. Thomas Church in Medina by internationally renowned Russian pianist
Sunday, December 5 at 3:00 p.m.
St. Thomas Church
8398 Northeast 12th Street,
Medina, WA 98039
$15-general admission, $10-seniors and students, $5-kids up to 12 years old
For ticket information call (425) 829-1345
Great works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and Tchaikovsky
Alexander Ardakov was born in Kuibyshev (now Samara), a Russian town on the bank of Volga. Since 1991 he has lived in Britain. He is recognized as one of Britain’s leading pianists, also holding a professorship at Trinity College of Music in London. He is much in demand for master classes.
Alexander began studying music at the age of seven at the Kuibyshev Music School in Russia with Lyia Klempert, going on to study under Lydia Muraviova who was a former pupil of the well-known Moscow professor Heinrich Neuhaus. At the same time he was playing with the Kuibyshev Symphony Orchestra and in 1971 rose to prominence by winning First Prize at the Kabalevsky Piano Competition. He continued his education at the world famous Conservatoire under Vera Gornostaeva. In 1984 he won a prize at the Viotti International Competition in Vercelli, Italy.
Until he left Russia in 1991, Alexander worked as a soloist and chamber musician with the Moscow State Philharmonia, performing at venues throughout the USSR and abroad.
The move to Britain and to Trinity College of Music in 1991 has enabled him to develop as an international recitalist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. Among his notable radio recordings are those for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He feels at home not only with the Russian classics but also with the composers of the romantic period such as Chopin, Liszt and Schumann.
Alexander’s extensive discography includes Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson.