A virtuoso and deeply philosophical musician, Alexei Volodin has a performing style that is entirely his own, one where there is no room for superficial effects. His pianism stands apart for its precision and the subtle nature of his performances of works from various ages and in different styles.
Alexei Volodin was born in 1977 in Leningrad. He studied under Irina Chaklina, Tatiana Zelikman and Elisso Virsaladze, in whose class he graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire and completed his postgraduate studies. In 2001 he continued his studies at the International Piano Academy Lake Como (Italy). The musician’s international career truly began to take off following his victory at the International Géza Anda Competition in Zurich (Switzerland) in 2003.
The pianist frequently appears at the world’s most prestigious venues, among them the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Tonhalle (Zurich), Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall (London), Lincoln Center (New York), the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Salle Pleyel (Paris), the Palau de la Música (Barcelona), the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, the Alte Oper (Frankfurt), the Herkulessaal and the Gasteig (Munich), the Konzerthaus (Vienna), La Scala and Sala Verdi (Milan), the Sydney Opera House (Australia) and Suntory Hall (Tokyo) among many others.
Alexei Volodin works with many highly acclaimed orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Gewandhausorchester, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, NHK (Japan), the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zurich, the Orchestra of the Bayrische Rundfunk, the Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and the Orchestre National de France under such outstanding conductors as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vasily Sinaisky, Mikhail Pletnev, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, David Zinman, Gerd and Marc Albrecht, Carlo Rizzi, Semyon Bychkov and Marek Janowski.
The pianist has appeared at prestigious festivals throughout the world including the Rocque d’Anthéron, La Folle Journée in Nantes and Radio France Festival, Verbier and Lucerne (Switzerland), the Ruhr Festival, Baden-Baden and Bad Kissingen (Germany), the Stars of the White Nights (St Petersburg) and the Moscow Easter Festival. He has produced recordings together with Live Classics (Germany), ABC Classics (Australia) and Challenge Records (Netherlands).
Alexei Volodin is an exclusive artist for the company Steinway and Sons.