Alexander Kniazev

Alexander Kniazev

Real successor of Mstilav Rostropovitch, Alexander Kniazev studied the cello at the Moscow Conservatory under Alexander Fedorchenko and learnt to play the organ under the famous Miss G. Kozlova. 


He won the International Cello contest of G. Cassado, the International contest of chamber music of Trapani and the International contest of Pretoria (UNISA) in South Africa.


Alexander Kniazev has played under conductors like: E. Svetlanov, Y. Temirkanov,

M. Rostropovitch, Y. Bashmet, V. Fedoseyev, M. Shostakovitch, N. Järvi and K. Mazur. He has also played with the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Göteborg Symphonic, The Den Haag Residentie Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France and the Prague Philharmonic…


He was also invited at the Moscow festival “Les soirées de Décembre”, which was organised by S. Richter, who has influenced him a lot.


His partners in chamber music are Brigitte Engerer, Evgeny Kissin, Vadim Repin, Plamena Mangova, Boris Berezovsky, Dmitri Makhtin and Nikolaï Lugansky.


Alexander Kniazev also performed as a trio with Boris Berezovsky and Dmitri Makhtin on the prestigious scenes of the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), of the Brussels Palace of Fine Arts, at the London Wigmore Hall, at the Salzburg Festival, and performed at the Lincoln Center of New York, the Musikverein of Vienna with Vladimir Fedoseyev, the Dvorak concerto at the Salle Pleyel of Paris, and the Montpellier festival with Evgeny Kissin and Silvia Marcovici. In 2010, Alexander Kniazev peformed the six Bach suites at the Philharmonia of St Petersbourg.


The Trio also recorded a DVD dedicated to Tchaïkovsky with the pieces for piano, violin and cello, and the Trio Elégiaque « A la mémoire d’un grand artiste ». This DVD was awarded the « Diapason d’or ».


His Ernest Bloch CD, « Schelomo », which was recorded with the Russian State Symphonic Orchestra /Maestro Svetlanov, was highly acclaimed by the International musical press. Furthermore, his « Max Reger » CD was chosen amongst the best by the French music magazine « Répertoire ».


Recordings with Warner Classics International include a CD of the Bach cello suites, the Shostakovitch Trio n°2 and the Rachmaninov Trio Elégiaque with Boris Berezovsky and Dmitri Makhtin, which was awarded the « Gramophone prize », the « Diapason d’Or » and the « Echo Award».


On the same label, Alexander Kniazev also recorded a Tchaïkovsky album with the Chamber Orchestra of Moscow/Constantin Orbelian including the Variations Rococo, Andante Cantabile and Romances, and the two Mendelssohn trios with Dmitri Makhtin and Boris Berezovsky  which were awarded the « Echo Award».


Lontano /Warner Classics International are releasing in March 2009 the Dvorak cello concerto with the Tchaïkovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, and Vladimir Fedoseyev and went on an European tour with the same programme.


His forthcoming projects include, among other, concerts : at the Musikverein of Vienna and in Germany with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow and Maestro Fedoseyev, at the Cité de la Musique of Paris with the pianist Plamena Mangova, in London with the Philharmonia and Maestro Vedernikov, at the Folle Journée of Nantes and Tokyo… He will also play with Evgeny Kissin and Martha Argerich, for the 40th anniversary of Mr Kissin, in October in Japan and in January in Paris.


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"Throwing the 'authentic' rule-book clean out of the window, Kniazev responds to these radiant masterpieces with an individuality and poetic resource that feel akin to how the early Romantic masters must have responded to Bach's music, following Mendelssohn's trail-blazing performance of the St. Matthew Passion in Leipzig."
Julian Haylock (International Record Review) 
"Kniazev is an artist who possesses great musicality, an original turn of mind and a formidably accomplished technique. His playing of the Prelude ofthe G minor Suite is brisker, more lightly bowed and more elegantly phrased than any other performance that I have heard."
Nicholas Anderson (BBC Music)