Alexandre Moutouzkine

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Alexandre Moutouzkine (born in Yoshkar-Ola in 1980) is a Russian virtuoso pianist and pedagogue.

Career[edit]

Moutouzkine burst onto the U.S. concert scene at the age of twenty, after garnering a Jury Discretionary Award at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He received a rave review from The Dallas Morning News, who wrote: "...Moutouzkine played Brahms' Op. 117 Intermezzi more beautifully, more movingly, than I've ever heard them. At once sad, tender and noble, this was playing of heart-stopping intimacy and elegance…". His success was soon followed by several solo recitals as well as appearances with major orchestras.

Winner of the St. Petersburg International Piano Competition at the age of 14, Moutouzkine is the laureate of an impressive array of international competitions. He claimed top prizes at the Cleveland International Piano Competition (receiving Third Prize, the Beethoven Prize and the Junior Jury’s First Prize), Tivoli International Piano Competition (Copenhagen, Denmark), the Andorra International Piano Competition, the José Iturbi International Piano Competition (Valencia), the New Orleans International Piano Competition, Maria Canals International Music Competition (Barcelona), the 2nd Shanghai International (China), the 10th Citta di Sulmona (Italy), the Calabria International (Italy), the Guerrero Foundation (Madrid), the Ignacio Cervantes (Havana), the Pilar Bayona (Zaragoza), and the Panama International Piano Competition. He shared Second Prize at the Montreal International Music Competition of 2008, and was the 5th Prizewinner at the XIII Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2011. An avid chamber musician, he has been mentored by David Geber and Isidore Cohen of the Manhattan School of Music, performing to much critical acclaim with various ensembles in both Europe and the U.S., including the Fort Worth Chamber Society and Chamber Music International.

He has toured throughout Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Italy, as well as countries throughout North and South America. He has appeared as soloist with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, Radio Television Orchestra of Spain, Cleveland Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Valencia Philharmonic, Gran Canary Symphony and Tenerife Symphony in the Canary Islands, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Panama, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba, and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic, among others. Recent performances included a tour across the United States and concerts throughout Europe, including Rome, Madrid and London. Moutouzkine's performance at London's Wigmore Hall was reviewed in the January 2007 issue of the International Piano magazine as "grandly organic, with many personal and pertinent insights, offering a thoughtful balance between rhetoric and fantasy…technically dazzling."

Moutouzkine is currently on the piano faculty of his alma mater, the Manhattan School of Music, while continuing to maintain a busy schedule as a performer and competition juror.

Education[edit]

Born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia, to a family of professional musicians, Alexandre began piano lessons with his mother Ludmila Philippova and continued his formal training with Natalia Fish in the Nizhniy-Novgorod College of Music. At the age of 16, he received top prizes at international competitions in the Ukraine as well as Argentina; his performance of a selection of Chopin etudes at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory was recorded live and released on the Classical Music Archives label in Moscow. During this period, Moutouzkine became a student of Vladimir Krainev at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hanover, Germany. Subsequently, he was featured alongside Krainev and renowned Korean pianist Kun-Woo Paik in an all-Prokofiev program with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Kiev National Philharmonic Orchestra. His performance of Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto was described in the Russian and Ukrainian press as "…sprightly and at the same time astonishingly inspired…Moutouzkine performed not only with mastery, but also with the magnificent brilliance and energy…"

Moutouzkine completed his Master of Music degree in piano performance in 2003, his Professional Studies Program in 2005 and his Artist Diploma Music Program under the tutelage of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky in May 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music. He joined the piano faculty of his alma mater in September 2013.

Awards[edit]

Record of piano prizes, incomplete
Year Competition Prize Ex-aequo with... 1st prize winner
1998 Italy VIII A.M.A. Calabria 1st prize
2001 Spain VIII Pilar Bayona 3rd prize Italy Domenico Codispoti
2002 Spain XLVIII María Canals, Barcelona 2nd prize South Korea Kook Hee Hong United Kingdom Viv McLean
2002 United States XXVI Frinna Awerbuch, New York 1st prize
2003 Italy X Città di Sulmona 2nd prize Italy Roberto Corlianò
2003 Cuba II Ignacio Cervantes, La Habana 2nd prize Cuba Patricio Malcolm Cuba Marcos Madrigal
2003 Spain IX Fundación Guerrero, Madrid 1st prize
2004 Spain XIV José Iturbi, Valencia 1st prize
2004 United States New Orleans Competition 1st prize
2005 Andorra VI Premi Principat d'Andorra 1st prize
2005 South Korea III ISANGYUN 4th prize Canada Victoria Kortchinskaia
2006 Denmark I Tivoli, Copenhague 2nd prize United States Ning An
2007 United States XVII Cleveland Competition 3rd prize Russia Aleksandr Ghindin
2008 Canada Montreal International Music Competition 2nd prize Japan Masataka Takada Armenia Nareh Arghamanyan
2011 Israel XIII Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition 5th prize Russia Daniil Trifonov

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