Alexander Panfilov was born in Moscow in 1989 and is currently based in London.
Praised by critics for the power and sensitivity of playing, he performs regularly
throughout Europe and USA, venues including Carnegie Hall NY, Musikverein Vienna,
Tonhalle Zurich, Wigmore Hall London, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Moscow and St
Petersburg Philharmonic Halls. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras
including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, La Verdi
Orchestra Milan, Carlo Coccia Orchestra, City Orchestra of Granada, Belarussian
State Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, etc., working with conductors such as
Brian Wright, Paul Mann, Carlo Tenan, Alessandro Ferrari, Andrei Galanov, and Vasily
Petrenko, amongst others.
He has appeared in festivals, among which Menuhin festival Gstaad, Schwarzwald
Music Festival in Germany, Ribble Valley Piano Week, Ulverston Festival, and Rye
arts festivals in the UK. His performances were broadcast on radio BBC 3 and Classic
FM. In 2016 Alexander recorded a debut CD with music by Mussorgsky, Debussy,
Albeniz, and Seco de Arpe, for Naxos. As a keen Chamber Musician, Alexander enjoys
productive partnerships with cellist Christoph Croise, and violinist Hideko Udagawa.
He is also a founding member of the Interlaken Piano Trio.
Alexander started music lessons at the age of six and went to Gnessin Music School,
later continuing at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Andrei Diev. From
2012 he studied in the UK, at the Royal Northern College of Music with Graham
Scott. During the studies he has won the College’s major prizes, including Gold
Medal for the top performance.
Alexander is a laureate of 1 st prizes of Numerous International Piano competitions,
including Rina Sala Gallo (2016), Premio Jaen (2016), Hastings Piano Concerto
Competition (2015), Premio Accademia Romana (2015), James Mottram (2014),
Taranto (2013), Brant (2013), and other. His vast repertoire spans an array of styles
from Baroque to the 21 st century and includes over 20 piano concerti.
Amati Magazine Interview
A pianist in the grand Russian tradition, Alexander Panfilov hails from Moscow, where he was a pupil at the Gnessin School of Music. Later he won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and scooped its Gold Medal in 2014. Soon he’s off to the Leeds International Piano Competition…
Alex, what are your earliest musical memories and how did you first get interested in music?