Musical exposure and Central European culture: Alexander Gadjiev owes the first to his family, with both parents being piano teachers and musicians, and the second to Gorizia – his city of origin – a natural crossroads of peoples, cultures and languages. Tutored by his father, a well-known Russian teacher, Alexander played for the first time with an orchestra at the age of nine, and held his first solo recital aged ten.
In 2013 he took part in Premio Venezia – a competition reserved for the best young talents in Italy – and to win the 30th edition of the award. The numerous recitals of the Premio Venezia allowed him to perform throughout Italy and abroad (London, Paris, Madrid, and Dublin).
At the Ninth Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2015– one of the ten most prestigious piano competitions in the world – the jury, which included Martha Argerich, Akiko Ebi and Sergey Babayan, among others, awarded him the first prize and he also won the audience prize.
Since then, Alexander has regularly been invited to perform in Japan and at major piano festivals, including: the Verbier Festival, the MiTo Festival in Turin, the “Chopin” Festival in Duszniki, the ClaviCologne International Piano Festival in Düsseldorf, Piano Festival Rafael Orozco in Cordoba, the Ljubljana Festival, Bologna Festival, Settimane Musicali for the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, the Festival Animato de Paris, Ravenna Musica, and the Kammermusik Salzburg Festival.
In October 2018, he is reaffirmed at international level with his victory at the “2018 Monte-Carlo World Piano Masters Competition”, an elite showcase reserved only for pianists who have already won other prizes, held every three years in the famous Salle Garnier in Monte Carlo. The jury, chaired by Phillippe Entremont, awarded him the Prix Prince Rainier III, and with it numerous concerts in France and Europe.
Alexander has played in some of the most important opera houses and concert halls in Italy, as well as in Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Paris, Moscow, Salt Lake City, Istanbul, Barcelona, with orchestra such as Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro della Fenice, Orchestre I Virtuosi Italiani, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Mitteleuropa Orchestra.
He has also worked with some of the most famous conductors on an international level: Yuri Temirkanov, Kazuki Yamada, Marek Pijarowski, Anton Nanut, En Shao, Gianluca Martinenghi, and Tiziano Severini.
His next CD, titled “Literary Fantasies”, will be released in September and will contain works of Schumann and Liszt.
He is currently studying with Pavel Gililov at Mozarteum Salzburg and participating in prestigious masterclasses such as the “Eppan Piano Academy” and “Verbier Piano Academy”.