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Alexander Paley

Alexander Paley is widely recognized for his dazzling technique, his unusually wide repertoire of concertos and solo piano works, and the depth of his unique and personal interpretations.

Born in Chisinau, Moldova, he began studying piano at 6 years old. Alexander Paley gave his first recital at the age of 13 and at the age of 16 he won the Moldovan National Music Competition. Then he studied at the Moscow Conservatorywith Bella Davidovich and Vera Gornostayeva, completing his graduate studies in 1981.

Then he won important prizes, including the First Prize at the Bach International Bach Competition in 1984, the Bosendorfer Prize in 1986, the Grand Prix at the first Vladigerov Competition (Bulgaria) in 1986, the Grand Prix Debut Young Artist (New York) in 1988, the First Prize at the AIEX of Vries (Belgium) in 1990.

Alexander Paley occurs today across Europe and China. He plays concertos with the Orchester National de France, the Radio France Philharmonic, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, the Paris Chamber Orchestra and the Orchester Symphonique de Montréal, with conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Ivan Fisher, Marin Alsop, Lawrence Foster or Jean-Claude Casadesus.

Alexander Paley is one of the most sought-after pianists in the United States.

He plays regularly at Carnegie Hall in New York, but also in San Francisco, Los Angeles or Seattle. He has been the guest of the Chicago, Washington, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle, Los Angeles or New York Orchestras. Following his first triumphant appearance in 1991 with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, he performed annually at the Kennedy Center. Following a recital of the Goldberg Variations and Bach’s French Suite 5, the Washington Post wrote:

“Such a recital is extremely rare. The first part was so moving that the intermission has become a delightful break, both the opportunity to savor the sublime art that has just been heard, and the pleasure of knowing that there are still great emotions to come “.

He is also the partner of prominent artists such as Bella Davidovich, the late Mstislav Rostropovich and Vladimi Spivakov. Alexander Paley has played with major ensembles, such as the Vermeer Quartets, Ysaye or Fine Arts.