Alexander Melnikov

Piano, Fortepiano

Artist in Residence at the Wigmore Hall, London (2018/19)
"Having come from the Soviet Union, if you knew the number of pianos I had to try – nothing scares me if something goes wrong […] Most of the venues I’m playing at I know the pianos. Some are nice, others I must struggle with. But if there’s a problem, I can fix it myself."
Alexander Melnikov, The Daily Gazette, January 2017
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Biography

Alexander Melnikov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Naumov. His most formative musical moments in Moscow include an early encounter with Svjatoslav Richter, who thereafter regularly invited him to festivals in Russia and France. He was awarded important prizes at eminent competitions such as the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau (1989) and the Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth in Brussels (1991).

Known for his often-unusual musical and programmatic decisions, Alexander Melnikov discovered a career-long interest in historically-informed performance practice at an early age. His major influences in this field include Andreas Staier and Alexei Lubimov. Melnikov performs regularly with distinguished period ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Musica Aeterna and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

As a soloist, Alexander Melnikov has performed with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philadelphia Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, HR-Sinfonieorchester, Russian National Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and the NHK Symphony, under conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Teodor Currentzis, Charles Dutoit, Paavo Järvi and Valery Gergiev.
„This pianist has a palette of timbres at his disposal, a sense for the right moment, an eloquence that makes you want to jump up and look what he's doing between his fingertips and the keyboard.”Hamburger Abendblatt, January 2019
Together with Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov developed a programme that sets excerpts from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (Andreas Staier – harpsichord) in musical dialogue with Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues (Alexander Melnikov – piano). Additionally, the artists recently recorded a unique all-Schubert programme of four-hand pieces, which they have also performed in concert. An essential part of Melnikov’s work is intensive chamber music collaboration with partners including cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras.

Alexander Melnikov’s association with the label harmonia mundi arose through his regular recital partner, violinist Isabelle Faust, and in 2010 their complete recording of the Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano won a Gramophone Award. This album, which has become a landmark recording for these works, was also nominated for a Grammy. Their most recent release features the Brahms sonatas for violin and piano.

Melnikov’s recording of the Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award, Choc de classica and the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. In 2011, it was also named by the BBC Music Magazine as one of the “50 Greatest Recordings of All Time.” Additionally, his discography features works by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Scriabin. Along with Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester, Melnikov recorded a trilogy of albums featuring the Schumann Concertos and Trios; the second installment, featuring the Piano Concerto and the Piano Trio No. 2, was released in September 2015. Other releases include a November 2016 recording featuring works of Prokofiev, a recording released in June 2017 with Chausson and Franck repertoire and his most recent release, „Four Pieces, Four Pianos“, which has been released in February 2018 and has since then been highly acclaimed by critics.

In the 2018/19 season Alexander Melnikov will tour his project “The Man with the Many Pianos”, where he performs a solo recital on different instruments reflecting the periods in which the works were written. Next to concerts with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen he continues his collaboration with Camerata Salzburg and as an Artistic partner with Tapiola Sinfonietta.
Further highlights include an US tour with Andreas Staier, recitals at Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilarmonie, Cité de la Musique Paris and the Chamber Music Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie as well as being an artist in residence at London Wigmore Hall.

2018 / 2019
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Contacts: Arnold Simmenauer, Carolin Traute-Breidenbach

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Programme

2020 / 2021
Horn Trio
with Isabelle Faust (violin) and Teunis van der Zwart (horn)

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1 (arr. for violin and piano)
Ligeti: Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano (1982)
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Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40

Piano Recital With Soprano
With Claron McFadden (soprano)

Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme by Chopin, Op. 22
Rachmaninov: Six Romances, Op. 38
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Rachmaninov: Nine Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

On Tour With Akamus
With Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Works by Johann Christian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2019 / 2020

Schedule

10.05.2019
20:15 Uhr
Amsterdam, NL / Het Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ'
Alexander Melnikov, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Anthony Marwood
15.05.2019
20:00 Uhr
Reutlingen, DE / Stadthalle Reutligen im Bürgerpark
Alexander Melnikov
16.05.2019
20:15 Uhr
Amsterdam, NL / Het Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ'
Alexander Melnikov, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Anthony Marwood
18.05.2019
Veere, NL /
Alexander Melnikov, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Anthony Marwood
23.05.2019
20:00 Uhr
Bremen, DE / Die Glocke
Alexander Melnikov, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Jérémie Rhorer
24.05.2019
20:00 Uhr
Bremen, DE / Die Glocke
Alexander Melnikov, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Jérémie Rhorer
26.05.2019
18:30 Uhr
Augsburg, DE / Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche
Alexander Melnikov, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Jérémie Rhorer, Sarah Christian, Maximilian Hornung
08.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Antwerpen, BE / De Singel
Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov
10.06.2019
19:00 Uhr
Ostrava, CZ / Dům kultury města Ostravy (House of Culture)
Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov
13.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Ludwigsburg, DE / Ludwigsburger Schloß
Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov
14.06.2019
19:00 Uhr
London, GB / Wigmore Hall
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras
16.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Istanbul, TR / Is Sanat Concert Hall
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras
21.06.2019
19:00 Uhr
London, GB / Wigmore Hall
Alexander Melnikov, Alexander Rudin
29.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Bad Kissingen, DE / Regentenbau
Alexander Melnikov, Ensemble Resonanz, Ricardo Minasi, Johannes Harneit
30.07.2019
18:00 Uhr
Menton, FR /
Alexander Melnikov
02.08.2019
London, GB /
Alexander Melnikov, Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
03.08.2019
19:00 Uhr
Geisenheim III, DE / Schloß Johannisberg
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov
04.08.2019
19:00 Uhr
Geisenheim IV, DE / Schloß Johannisberg
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov
07.08.2019
19:30 Uhr
Ormont-Dessus, CH / Vers l'Eglise
Alexander Melnikov
09.08.2019
19:30 Uhr
Zweisimmen, CH / Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Salagon Quartett
29.08.2019
Warschau, PL /
Alexander Melnikov, Alexander Rudin
01.09.2019
11:00 Uhr
Berlin, DE / Philharmonie
Alexander Melnikov

Discography

Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Sonata in D major, KV 306
Violin Sonata in E minor, KV 304
Violin Sonata in A major, KV 526

Isabelle Faust - Violin

Debussy: Préludes du 2e Livre
Claude Debussy
Préludes, Livre II
La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques

Olga Pashchenko - Piano

Four Pianos, Four Pieces
Franz Schubert
Wanderer-Fantasie, Op. 15 D 760

Frederic Chopin
Douze Études, Op. 10

Franz Liszt
Réminiscences de Don Juan

Igor Stravinsky
Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka

Chausson - Franck
Ernest Chausson
Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, Op. 21

César Franck
Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major, FW8

Alexander Melnikov - Piano
Isabelle Faust - Violin
Salagon Quartet - String Quartet

Schubert: Fantasie in F minor
Franz Schubert
Fantasie, Op. 103 D 940
4 Ländler, D 814
Marche Caractéristique, D 886 No. 1
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 35 D 813
Grande Marche, Op. 40 No. 3 D 819
Polonaise, Op. 61 No. 1 D 824
Rondo, Op. 107 D 951

Andreas Staier - Fortepiano

Prokofiev: Sonatas
Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor
Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major

Schumann: Piano Concerto and Piano Trio No. 2
Robert Schumann
Piano Concerto, Op. 54
Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80

Isabelle Faust - Violin
Jean-Guihen Queyras - Cello
Freiburger Barockorchester
Pablo Heras-Casado - Conductor

Brahms: Violin Sonatas, Op. 100 & 108
Johannes Brahms
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100

Robert Schumann
Three Romances, Op. 94

Albert Dietrich / Robert Schumann / Johannes Brahms
F.A.E. Sonata

Isabelle Faust - Violin

harmonia mundi, 2015

Hindemith: Sonatas for...
Paul Hindemith
Sonata for Althorn and Piano
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Sonata for Trombone and Piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

Isabelle Faust - Violin
Teunis van der Zwart - Horn
Jeroen Berwaerts - Trumpet
Alexander Rudin - Cello
Gérard Costes - Trombone

Beethoven: Complete Works for Violoncello & Piano
Ludwig van Beethoven
Variations on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" (Die Zauberflöte), Op. 66
Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5 No. 1
Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2
Variations on Handel's "See, the Conqu'ring Hero comes" (Judas Maccabeus), WoO 45
Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
Variations on Mozart's "Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen" (Die Zauberflöte), WoO 46
Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102 No. 1
Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2

Jean-Guihen Queyras - Cello

Beethoven: Piano Trios, Op. 70 No. 2, Op. 97 "Archduke"
Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 70 No. 2
Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in B-flat major "Archduke", Op. 97

Isabelle Faust - Violin
Jean-Guihen Queyras - Cello

Weber: Sonatas & Piano Quartet
Carl Maria von Weber
Sonata in C major, Op. 10 No. 6
Sonata in G major, Op. 10 No. 3
Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 10 No. 4
Quartet for Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Fortepiano in B-flat major, Op. 8

Isabelle Faust - Violin
Boris Faust - Viola
Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt - Cello

Shostakovich: Piano Concerts
Dmitri Shostakovich
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35

Isabelle Faust - Violin
Jeroen Berwaerts - Trumpet
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Teodor Currentzis - Conductor

Brahms: Sonatas
Johannes Brahms
French Horn Trio E-flat major, Op. 40
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
Fantasies, Op. 116 Nos. 1-7

Teunis van der Zwart - French Horn
Isabelle Faust - Violin

Rachmaninov: Études-Tableux
Sergei Rachmaninov
Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 Nos. 1-9
Songs, Op. 38 Nos. 1-6
Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42

Elena Brilova - Soprano

Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 61
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 "The Kreutzer Sonata"

Isabelle Faust - Violin

Scriabin
Alexander Scriabin
Préludes, Op. 11 Nos. 1-24
Sonata for Piano No. 3 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy"
Poèmes, Op. 32 Nos. 1-2
Pieces for Piano, Op. 45 Nos. 1-3
Pieces for Piano, Op. 57 Nos. 1-2
Sonata for Piano No. 3 in F-sharp minor, Op. 23
Preludes, Op. 74 Nos. 1-5
Pieces for Piano, Op. 56 Nos. 1-4
Sonata for Piano, Op. 68 No. 9 "Black Mass"
Mazurkas, Op. 25 Nos. 1-9

Schubert
Franz Schubert
Fantasy in C major, Op. posth. 159 D 934
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, D 574
Rondo Brilliant in B minor, Op. 70 D 895

Isabelle Faust - Violin

Dvořák
Antonín Dvořák
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 53
Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65

Isabelle Faust - Violin
Jean-Guihen Queyras - Cello
Prag Philharmonic Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek - Conductor

Videos

Many Pianos - Alexander Melnikov
"Schumann: Piano Concerto" (Album Presentation)

Contact

Arnold Simmenauer
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Carolin Traute-Breidenbach
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