BBC Russia named Alexander Kobrin the "Van Cliburn of today", putting him in the front row of musicians of his generation.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Alexander Kobrin was born in 1980 in Moscow, Russia.
Graduate of renowned Tatiana Zelikman (Gnessin School of Music) and Lev Naumov (Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory),
Alexander Kobrin is the winner of numerous international piano competitions - notably the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and was a winner of the renowned Busoni, Hamamatsu, and Glasgow International Piano Competitions. He has received numerous special awards for his brilliant technique, his musicality, and his emotional engagement with the audience through music.
Alexander Kobrin is touring extensively in Europe, Asia, and the US.
His appearances have featured recitals and performances in major halls worldwide, including the Louvre Auditorium and Salle Cortot in Paris, Wigmore Hall and Albert Hall in London, Munich Herkulesaal and Berliner Filarmonia Hall in Germany, Kennedy Centre in Washington, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatoire, Sheung Wan Civic Centre in Hong Kong, as well as the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, Sala Verdi in Milan, and many others.
He has collaborated with many of the world's major orchestras such as New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Berliner Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Birmingham Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Swedish Radio Symphony, KBS Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Fairbanks Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestras, and many others.
Alexander has also collaborated with numerous leading conductors including Mihail Pletnev, Mihail Jurovsky, Mark Elder, Vassiliy Sinaisky, James Conlon, Claus Peter Flor, Alexander Lazarev, Vassiliy Petrenko and Yuri Bashmet, amongst others.
Alexander has also made appearances and given masterclasses at Bass Hall for the Cliburn Series and the Washington Performing Arts Society, followed by performances at La Roque d'Antheron, the Ravinia Festival, BBC Proms, the Beethoven Easter Festival, the Hannover Prize Winners Series, Turner Sims, the Enescu International Festival in Bucharest, Festival Musique dans le Grésivaudan, as well as at the International Piano Series and the Busoni Festival,and at the renowned Klavier-Festival Ruhr.
Other engagements included recital tour of Italy including cities such as Milan, Rome, Florence, Bolzano, Verona, Palermo and others.
He is also making annual appearances in recital halls and conservatories of Japan, China and Taiwan.
Alexander Kobrin has been a jury member for several international piano competitions, including "Prix Animato", Paris , Bluthner International Piano Competition in Vienna, Rosalyn Tureck International Piano Competiton in New York City, Neuhaus International Piano Festival in Moscow, Russia.
In addition to his performing and teaching, Alexander also regularly undertakes recording projects, working with various well-known labels from Quartz and King Records to Harmonia Mundi and Centaur Records. In addition to the Van Cliburn Competition disc from Harmonia Mundi (2005), which included Rachmaninov and Brahms, he has released three volumes of Essential Chopin, as well as a Brahms CD (Op.79, Op.116, & Op.119). His most recent projects include a new disk of Haydn (December 2012) with Quartz, and a Schumann disk, due to come out in 2013 with Centaur Records.
Alexander Kobrin is an Artist Faculty at NYU and L.Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at Schwob School of Music at CSU.
Alexander Kobrin is a Yamaha Artist.