At the 2021 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Italian-Slovenian pianist Alexander Gadjiev not only won Second Prize, but also the prestigious “Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a Chopin Sonata”.
Just a few months previously, Alexander was awarded the First Prize and several Special Prizes at the 2021 Sydney International Piano Competition.
In 2019 Gadjiev was nominated by BBC Radio 3 to join the “BBC New Generation Artists” series, which offers a recording in London and concerts at prestigious British festivals and venues in collaboration with BBC orchestras throughout the United Kingdom.
Over the last few years, Alexander Gadjiev has been invited to perform in Japan as well as at major concert halls and piano festivals in Europe, including Wigmore Hall, Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, Verbier Festival, the “Chopin” Festival in Poland, Salle Cortot in Paris, Sapporo Concert Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Osaka, Moscow Conservatory, Barcelona, Rome, and Milan. In December 2021, Gadjiev perfomed with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater under Vladimir Gergiev.
Born in Gorizia in Italy close to the Slovenian border, in a region with multiple cultural influences from Italy over to the Western Balkans, Alexander Gadjiev had his first lessons with his father Siavush Gadjiev, a well-known Russian teacher. He played for the first time with an orchestra at the age of nine, and held his first solo recital at the age of ten.
Gadjiev obtained his first music diploma at the age of seventeen, before participating in the Premio Venezia – a competition reserved for the best young talents in Italy – and winning the 30th edition of the award.
Gadjiev completed his Masters Degree at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and will finish his Konzertexamen studies in 2022 at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin with a recital at the Konzerthaus Berlin.