In June 2019, aged just 22, the astonishingly gifted Alexandre Kantorow became the first French pianist to take home the coveted Grand Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. A few months off his win heard round the world, he came to Paris’s Fondation Louis Vuitton to perform a recital that amply demonstrated why he deserved one of the most prestigious accolades in classical music.
Kantorow is a pianist of great profundity, masterfully navigating the turbulent waters of Brahms’s passionate B-Minor Rhapsody and Second Piano Sonata, equally comfortable in diabolically challenging pieces by Liszt and Bartók, and perhaps more assured than any pianist alive in works by countryman Fauré. All throughout the evening, his formidable range and refinement allow him to interpret each work with a mature combination of fire and restraint.
Alexandre Kantorow appears courtesy of BIS Records.
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Piano-violin duets at the Philharmonie de Paris
Concert behind closed doors