FREE Lunchtime Concert: Alexander Krichel (Piano)
Representing the Royal College of Music
Chopin – Études Op 10 Nos 1-4
Ravel – Miroirs
Born in Hamburg in 1989, Alexander Krichel started to play the piano at the age of six and 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 in Leverkusen, Germany.
Having won the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ ECHO Klassik award in 2013 for his first Sony Classical album, his latest release features Maurice Ravel’s three major piano cycles. A busy recitalist, this year’s debuts include the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Beethovenfest in Bonn and Hyogo Performing Arts Centre in Japan. Recent solo performances have taken him to venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Herkulessaal and Prinzregenttheater Munich, Philharmonie Cologne, Tonhalle Zurich and Konzerthaus Vienna. He has also appeared in recital in Tokyo and Bucharest. Festival appearances include the Schleswig- Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Piano aux Jacobins Toulouse, L’ésprit du Piano Bordeaux and Ocean Sun Music Festival.
Alexander has already made debuts with orchestras such as the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antonio Mendez, as well as the Tokyo and Kyoto Symphony Orchestras and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.
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 Hamburg. He currently lives in London and Hamburg.