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Alexander Krichel

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Alexander Krichel debuts with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and returns to Japan

Alexander Krichel debuts with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and returns to Japan

German Pianist Alexander Krichel will return to Japan for recitals at Hyogo’s Performing Arts Centre on 25 November as well as in Mitaka on 2 December, performing a programme of solo piano works by Ravel, Gershwin and Mussorgsky He will conclude his tour with a chamber music concert organised by the Japan Mozart Society, where ...

Alexander Krichel to debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn

Alexander Krichel to debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn

Next week will see Alexander Krichel giving his debut solo recital at the famous Beethovenfest in Bonn on 12 September at 8pm The concert will take place at the Beethoven-Haus and will feature an exciting and varied programme of Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A Major, Liszt’s transcriptions of Beethoven’s song cycle An die ferne Geliebte ...

Biography

At 28, German pianist Alexander Krichel has established himself as one of the most promising and thoughtful voices amongst today’s young pianists. A recording artist for Sony Classical, his first recital disc has won the “Newcomer of the Year” ECHO Klassik award in 2013. Following this, Alexander has released a number of critically acclaimed recordings, including Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Dresden Philharmonic and Michael Sanderling and most recently “Miroirs”, an album of solo works by Maurice Ravel.

Alexander has already made debuts with orchestras such as the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antonio Méndez, as well as the Tokyo and Kyoto Symphony Orchestras and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. In 2016/17, he performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Bremer Philharmoniker under Michael Schønwandt, and has already been reinvited to open their 2018/19 season under Marko Letonja. Alexander also renewed his collaboration with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic for concerts in Sopot (Poland) and Germany and gave his debut with St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. This upcoming season sees him debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic and Dortmunder Philharmoniker (both under Gabriel Feltz) and the Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel under Johannes Fritzsch. He will also return to the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival for two performances of Clara Schumann’s Piano concerto with the Györ Philharmonic Orchestra. Further afield, he has worked with the Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional de Venezuela, Royal Camerata Romania, and Festival Strings Lucerne.

A busy recitalist, last season’s debuts included his recital debut at the Kleiner Saal of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg as well as recitals at Radio Bremen, Schloss Elmau, and in Berlin, Luxembourg and London. The 2017/18 season sees him return to the Philharmonie Essen and make his debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn, the “Blanco y Negro” Piano Festival in Mexico City, as well as at Ton Halle Innsbruck and the Festspielhaus Bregenz. Alexander will also return to Japan for recitals in Tokyo and at the Performing Arts Centre in Hyogo. Further ahead, he makes his US recital debut at the Frick Collection in New York. Recent solo performances have taken him to venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Prinzregententheater Munich, Philharmonie Cologne, Tonhalle Zurich and Düsseldorf, Konzerthaus Vienna and the Liederhalle Stuttgart. Festival appearances include the Rheingau Music Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Piano aux Jacobins, L’ésprit du Piano Bordeaux and Ocean Sun Music Festival.

Alexander is a keen chamber musician and has collaborated with French horn player Felix Klieser, with whom he has toured Germany last season, and 2018 will see a new collaboration with the Signum Quartet.

Born in Hamburg in 1989, Alexander Krichel became a pre student at Hamburg University of Music and Drama at the age of 15. From 2007, he continued his studies with the legendary Vladimir Krainev at Hanover University of Music and Drama. He has also studied with Dmitri Alexeev at Royal College of Music in London, completing his studies in June 2016 with distinction. From 2012 to 2015, Alexander was part of the stART programme for young artists at Bayer Kultur. He is also a scholarship holder of Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, Berenberg Bank Foundation, PE Förderungen and the Otto group.

Away from the piano, Alexander has a passion for mathematics, science and foreign languages. He promotes projects that encourage children’s and teenagers’ approach towards classical music and is very involved in hospice work in his home town, Hamburg.

Reviews

Few pianists can claim a more impressive recording debut than Alexander Krichel’s masterful Liszt recital in 2011 ... It was followed by two concerto releases, the first offering works by Mozart, Hummel and Chopin and a second with Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto and the Moments musicaux … as well as another solo disc with a mixed Romantic programme. All these suggest a steady career trajectory and artistic growth unencumbered by external pressures. Krichel, a Hamburg native who turns 28 this year, has now released an all-Ravel disc, replete with shimmering surfaces and gossamer textures beautifully captured by the Sony engineers. [...] Krichel favours steadier tempos than the norm, with minimal rubato and judicious pedalling that keeps Ravel’s wealth of detail in sharp focus. His extraordinary leggiero playing is natural, agile and graceful, radiating an emotional health that is refreshingly free of any hint of exhibitionism.
- Gramophone
, 2017
Yearning (…), insatiable longing, jubilation, power, and dark brooding. (…) Here is a young pianist in search not for effect, but depth: in search for the truth behind everything.
- NDR Kultur, CD of the week
The young Krichel (…) plays with unparalleled delicacy and precision. Krichel’s talent and empathy never tempt him to be a mere virtuoso, but makes each composition appear as if it was invented in that very moment.
- Neue Musikzeitung
Krichel appeared as a kind of thoughtful dreamer, who made only sparing use of the soft pedal, whilst the full-blooded bass lines never made his playing seem brash. He has a powerful left hand […] but always managed to control the Steinway, for example in Beethoven’s sonata op.110, where in the culmination of the final movement, the pedalled chords were played with a mighty crescendo without making them sound blunt or hard. In the opening movement, he emphasized the melodic lines, whilst stressing the bass line with idiosyncratic but fully coherent accents. Krichel presented a finely balanced interpretation of Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes. Here he could combine richness of sound with virtuosity, could accentuate the middle voices of Schumann’s texture to great effect in the repetition, could sustain single notes delicately, whilst nonchalantly slamming down a sforzato in other places.
- Neue Zuercher Zeitung
A perfect balance of spiritual depth, physical presence and emotional vulnerability
- Hamburger Abendblatt

Discography

Miroirs - Ravel Piano Works
Released February 2017 on Sony Classical