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November 11, 12, 13

“A dynamic artist who wraps his heart around lyrical phrases … He has the power and speed of a virtuoso, plus the perception and poise needed to explore the inner workings of a score” The Plain Dealer


Liszt: Mazeppa
Liszt: Totentanz
Alexander Ghindin, piano

Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Alexander Ghindin, piano

Masterworks Series Ashland performances
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Soloist Sponsored by Barbara Johnson
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Alexander Ghindin
Honoured Artist of Russia

Alexander Ghindin has been unanimously acclaimed by critics and music lovers as one of the most talented and original pianists of the present day.

Before entering the Conservatoire in 1994 at the age of seventeen he became the youngest-ever laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. In 1999, Ghindin received second prize at the International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in Brussels. These successes assisted the start of the pianist’s extremely intensive recital activities.

In 2007 he was a first prize-winner at the International Piano Competition in Cleveland (USA) and was engaged for over fifty concerts in the USA. According to critics, he “made a staggering impression on the audience, demonstrating such a high level of mastery that makes every one of his performances special and unforgettable.” (Art and Life). In July 2010 he won first prize at the International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina (Florianópolis, Brazil).

Since 2006, Ghindin has been Artistic Director of his own concert series at one of Russia’s most distinguished concert venues, the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center, where he has performed unique programs, such as: The recital of Four Pianos, Duo Program for Piano and Organ, American music for Two Pianos, including prepared instruments and others.

Alexander Ghindin is also an International Artistic Co-Director of “Swedish Royal Festival” and Artistic Director and conductor of Ensemble of Soloist “Hermitage” and Kaluga Youth Symphony Orchestra.

In 2006, Alexander Ghindin was named Honoured Artist of Russia.

He has made numerous recordings on television and radio in Russia, Belgium, Germany, France, Luxemburg, Poland and Japan.

Visit Alexander Ghindin’s Website

Listen to Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme Of Paganini below:

Listen to Liszt’s Totentanz below*:

Listen to the finale from Liszt’s Mazeppa below*:

* Audio Files courtesy of Musopen, a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials, providing recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions.