Alexei Lubimov

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Alexei Lubimov
Алексе́й Бори́сович Люби́мов
Lubimov in 1984
Lubimov in 1984
Background information
Born1944 (age 78–79)
Moscow, Russia
Years active1968–present
LabelsTeldec, Erato Records, ECM Records
WebsiteRecord Company Biography

Alexei Lubimov (born 1944 as Алексе́й Бори́сович Люби́мов, Alexey Borisovich Lyubimov) is a Russian pianist, fortepianist and harpsichordist.[1]

Lubimov studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Heinrich Neuhaus and Lev Naumov.[2] After successes in several competitions, he gave the premieres in the Soviet Union of several pieces by composers such as Arnold Schoenberg, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez and György Ligeti. His commitment to western music was criticised by the Soviet authorities and he was prevented from leaving the Soviet Union for several years, during which time he concentrated on working with period instruments.[3] He is a founder of the Moscow Baroque Quartet and the Moscow Chamber Academy (with Tatiana Grindenko) as well as the music festival "Alternativa". Apart from giving solo recitals throughout the world and appearing with leading symphony orchestras, he works regularly with early music ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.[3] Among his partners in chamber music are Andreas Staier, Natalia Gutman, Peter Schreier, Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, Ivan Monighetti, and Wieland Kuijken.[4]

In recent seasons he has given concerts with the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra in Moscow and the Tonkünstlerorchester. He toured with the Haydn Sinfonietta playing Mozart[5] and played Haydn with the Camerata Salzburg under Sir Roger Norrington in New York and gave performances of Scriabin's Prometheus at the Salzburg Festival. In November 2010 he gave two recitals at Lincoln Center, returning in 2011 on tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer.

In April 2022, police raided an anti-war classical concert by Lubimov at a Moscow cultural centre, interrupting his performance. In dramatic fashion Lubimov finished playing the final bars of Schubert’s Impromptu Op 90 No 2 as two police officers took the stage.[6]


  • Alexei Lubimov. Chopin, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven. At Chopin’s home piano.  Played on 1843 upright Pleyel piano. Label: NIFCCD
  • Alexei Lubimov. Franz Schubert. Impromptus. Played on the 1810 Matthias Müller model piano and the 1830 Joseph Schantz piano. Label: Zig Zag Territorois.
  • Alexei Lubimov and his colleagues (Yuri Martynov, Olga Martynova, Alexandra Koreneva, Elizaveta Miller, Olga Pashchenko, Alexey Zuev). Ludwig van Beethoven. Complete piano sonatas. Played on copies of Stein, Walter, Graf, Buchholtz instruments made by Paul McNulty. Label: Moscow Conservatory Records.
  • Alexei Lubimov. Beethoven. Piano Sonatas - No.8, Op.13 “Pathetique”; No. 14, Op.27, No.2 “Moonlight”; No.21, Op.53 “Waldstein” in C Major; No.27. Recorded on an antique fortepiano John Broadwood & Son 1806 restored by Cristopher Clarke. Label: Erato.
  • Alexei Lubimov with Alexei Zuev. Claude Debussy. Preludes. Recorded on Steinway 1913 and Bechstein 1925. Label: ECM Records.
  • Alexei Lubimov and Keller Quartett. Lento — Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich. Label: ECM Records.
  • Dennis Russel Davies (conductor), Alexei Lubimov (piano), Radio Symphonieorchester Wien. Valentin Silvestrov: Metamusik/Postludum. Label: ECM Records.


  1. ^ "ECM Records- Biography".
  2. ^ "МГК им. Чайковского - персоналии - Любимов Алексей Борисович". Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b Quantrill, Peter (2 April 2014). "'Restless traveller': an exclusive interview with pianist Alexei Lubimov".
  4. ^ "Linn Records - Alexei Lubimov". Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Haydn Sinfonietta Wien: Portrait". Retrieved 17 November 2010. The ensemble has undertaken extensive concert touring throughout all major European musical centres. Soloists have included... Alexei Lubimov...
  6. ^ "Empty galleries and fleeing artists: Russia's cultural uncoupling from the west". The Guardian. 18 April 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.