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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Alexander Melnikov in Residence at the Wigmore Hall, London (2018/2019)


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.

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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2019 / 2020
Many Pianos I
on 4 Pianos and 1 Harpsichord

Bach: Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue, BWV 903 / Harpsichord
C.P.E. Bach: Fantasie in F-sharp minor, Wq 67 (1787) / Harpsichord
Mozart: Fantasie for Piano in C minor, KV 475 / Walter Piano
Mozart: Fantasie Fragment for Piano No. 2 in C minor, KV 396 / Walter Piano
Mendelssohn: Fantasie in F-sharp minor, Op. 28 “Sonate écossaise“ / Alois Graff Pianoforte
Chopin: Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49 / Erard Pianoforte
Skrjabin: Fantasie in B minor, Op. 28 / Steinway Piano
Schnittke: Improvisation and Fugue / Steinway Piano

Many Pianos II
on 3 Pianos

Schubert: Fantasie in C major, Op. 15 D 760 “Wanderer“ / Alois Graff Pianoforte
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op. 10 / Erard Pianoforte
Liszt: Reminiscences from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni“ / Erard Pianoforte
Stravinsky: Three Scenes from Petrushka/ Steinway Piano

with Claron McFadden (Soprano)

Prokofiev: Five Songs Without Words, Op. 35 for Voice and Piano
Cage: Aria for Solo Voice
Berio: Sequenza III for Female Voice
Berberian: Stripsody for Solo Voice
Knussen: Whitman Settings, Op. 25a for Voice and Piano
Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 for Piano
Schulhoff: Sonata Erotica for Solo Voice
Crumb: Apparition: Elegiac Songs and Vocalises for Soprano and amplified Piano

Schumann on Tour
with the Orchestra of the 18th Century & Gustavo Gimeno
March 2020

Schumann: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 54
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97 “Rhenish“

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19:30 Uhr
London, GB / Wigmore Hall
Alexander Melnikov, Andreas Staier
12:00 Uhr
Madrid, ES / Fundación Juan March
Alexander Melnikov
11:00 Uhr
Bochum, DE / Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr
Alexander Melnikov, Bochumer Symphoniker, Benjamin Bayl
19:30 Uhr
Hamburg, DE / Elbphilharmonie
Alexander Melnikov, Claron McFadden
20:15 Uhr
Maasmechelen, BE / Cultuurcentrum Maasmechelen
Alexander Melnikov, Claron McFadden, Aleksandar Madžar
20:15 Uhr
Groningen, NL / De Oosterpoort
Alexander Melnikov, Claron McFadden, Aleksandar Madžar
Belgrad, RS / Kolarac Hall
Alexander Melnikov, Aleksandar Madzar
20:00 Uhr
Frankfurt am Main, DE / Alte Oper Frankfurt
Alexander Melnikov
19:30 Uhr
Berlin, DE / Pierre Boulez Saal
Alexander Melnikov
19:00 Uhr
Barcelona, ES / L'Auditori
Cuarteto Casals, Alexander Melnikov
20:15 Uhr
Brüssel, BE / Flagey
Alexander Melnikov, Le Concert Olympique, Jan Caeyers
20:00 Uhr
Leuven, BE / Stadsschouwburg
Alexander Melnikov, Le Concert Olympique, Jan Caeyers
19:15 Uhr
Antwerpen, BE / De Singel
Alexander Melnikov, Le Concert Olympique, Jan Caeyers
15:00 Uhr
Hasselt, BE / Cultuurcentrum Hasselt
Alexander Melnikov, Le Concert Olympique, Jan Caeyers
20:00 Uhr
Berlin, DE / Philharmonie
Alexander Melnikov, Le Concert Olympique, Jan Caeyers
20:45 Uhr
Vicenza, IT / Teatro Comunale
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov
20:30 Uhr
Mailand, IT / Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov
19:30 Uhr
Wien, AT / Konzerthaus
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov
20:00 Uhr
Antwerpen, BE / De Singel
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov
20:30 Uhr
Reims, FR / Opéra de Reims
Alexander Melnikov
21:00 Uhr
Antwerpen, BE / AMUZ
Alexander Melnikov, Olga Pashchenko
14:30 Uhr
Kansas City, MO, US / Folly Theater
Alexander Melnikov
19:30 Uhr
Montreal, CA / Musée des Beaux-Arts
Alexander Melnikov, Andreas Staier
20:00 Uhr
Princeton, US / Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Alexander Melnikov, Andreas Staier
Middlebury, VT, US / Middlebury College
Alexander Melnikov, Andreas Staier
Schenectady, NY, US / Union College
Alexander Melnikov, Andreas Staier
19:00 Uhr
Espoo, FI / Tapiola Hall
Alexander Melnikov, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Ilona Domnich, Ville Rusanen, N.N.
19:00 Uhr
Espoo, FI / Tapiola Hall
Alexander Melnikov
20:00 Uhr
Paris, FR / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Alexander Melnikov
19:30 Uhr
London, GB / Wigmore Hall
Alexander Melnikov, Teunis van der Zwart, Lorenzo Coppola, Javier Zafra, Alfredo Bernardini


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

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

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

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


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


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