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Bologna Festival, Alexander Gadjiev plays Chopin
The pianist, who was awarded last year at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, is a guest of the Great Interpreters review
Organized by: Associazione Bologna Festival Onlus

Bologna Festival Association Onlus Presents

"Bologna Festival 2022 - Great Performers"
Bologna Festival, the review Great Interpreters continues Thursday May 19 (20.30) to Manzoni Theater with the concert by Alexander Gadjiev, new star of European pianism. Awarded at the Warsaw Chopin Competition 2021, the first Italian pianist after Maurizio Pollini, Gadjiev is increasingly in demand on international stages. His interpretations of Chopin, the author of choice, to whom he dedicates the program performed at the Bologna Festival, are much appreciated everywhere. Focal point of the recital, the Sonata No. 2 op. 35 of Chopin, preceded by Three Mazurkas op. 56 and framed by two Fantasies: in the program - explains Gadjiev himself - we witness the meeting of two "musical minds" like Chopin and Schumann around the theme of 'fantasy': the concert opens with the Polish-fantasy of Chopin and closes with the Fantasy op. 17 of Schumann".

Already guest of the show Talents of Bologna Festival in 2014, as winner of the Venice Prize, Gadjiev is confirmed today as «one of the strongest personalities of the new European pianism. He perfectly knows the dynamic-timbral relationships, the subtlety and instrumental fullness, the control and the ardor »(Mario Messinis on the occasion of the Venice Prize).


Alexander Gadjiev

Born in Gorizia in 1994 into a family of musicians, Alexander Gadjiev began studying the piano at the age of 5 with his mother Ingrid Silic and with his father Siavush Gadjiev, a well-known Russian teacher. He continued his studies under the guidance of Pavel Gililov and continues to improve with Eldar Nebolsin. He gave his first recital at the age of 10 and as soon as he graduated, at the age of 17, he was awarded the Venice Prize. Raised in a Central European cultural environment, he manages to elaborate and revisit the most diverse musical styles and languages with taste. His interpretative maturity is well captured in the words of Mario Messinis on the occasion of the awarding of the Venice Prize: «Alexander Gadjiev is in my opinion one of the strongest personalities of the new European pianism. He perfectly knows the timbral-dynamic relationships, the subtlety and the instrumental fullness, the control and the ardor. In Prokofiev's spectacular Seventh Sonata, Gadjiev stands out for his overwhelming rhythmic energy, evoking the epic of Soviet pianism. In the Fourth Ballad he also knows the spells of the "half voice", he discovers the cultural prophecies of the last Chopin, up to the impressionist sound, and even the symphonic Ravel in a dizzying upward journey ». In 2021, at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, he won the second prize and the “Krystian Zimerman” Prize for the best performance of a sonata. He also distinguished himself in other international piano competitions, such as the Sidney Competition (2021), the World Piano Masters of Monte Carlo (2018) and the Hamamatsu Competition (2015), where he was also awarded the "Audience Award". As “BBC New Generation Artist 2019-2021”, he is still engaged in recordings and concerts in the most prestigious English theaters, such as Wigmore Hall in London.

Appointed Ambassador of Gorizia European Capital of Culture 2025, in recent years he has performed in major musical centers in the world, from the Salle Cortot in Paris to the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, from the Verbier Festival to the Rafael Orozco Piano Festival in Cordoba as well as MiTo Festival, Kammermusik Salzburg Festival and Ljubljana Festival. In Italy he has given concerts in the main musical institutions of the country. His upcoming engagements include concerts in various European countries and two long tours, in Japan and Australia.    


Before the concert, at 6 pm, at the Oratory of San Filippo Neri, Prima delle Note: introductory listening guide to the concert program, by Guido Barbieri; Free admission.
Bologna Festival, Alexander Gadjiev plays Chopin


Alexander Gadjiev, piano


Frédéric Chopin 
Polonaise-fantaisie in A flat major op. 61
Three Mazurkas op. 56
Sonata n.2 in B flat minor op. 35

Robert Schumann
Fantasia in C major op.17


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