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Decca: Prodigious Russian Pianist Alexander Romanovsky Records Rachmaninoff

August 27, 2009 | By Kliment Krylovskiy
Press Representative
Dubbed by critics as the next heir to the Great Russian Tradition of pianists, 24 year-old Alexander Romanovsky, who at the age of eleven was touring as soloist with Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi, first attracted international attention at the age of fifteen when he was awarded an "Honoris Causa Doctorate" from the Royal Philharmonic Academy of Bologna. An honour that, at such an early age, was bestowed upon only two other musicians: Mozart and Rossini. Grand Prize winner of the International “Ferruccio Busoni” Piano Competition at the age of seventeen, Alexander Romanovsky made his US debut in July, 2009 at the Newport Music Festival, of which the Arts Journal wrote: “Not since Andrei Gavrilov made his debut here in the mid-1970’s has there been a more thrilling recital… This was among the best performances I’ve ever heard of this difficult score (Rachmaninoff’s B-Flat Minor Sonata), on the record or off.”

The newly released CD joins Romanovsky’s highly-praised first recording for the DECCA label of Schumann’s “Symphonic Etudes, Op.13” and Brahms’ “Variations on theme by Paganini” which has been proclaimed “a signature of talent” by the Italian Suonare News.

The CD was recorded in Berlin and produced by the Italian subsidiary of Decca, Universal Classics, a division of Universal Music Italia, s.r.l.



A prodigious pianist in every sense of the word, young Alexander Romanovsky’s astonishing accomplishments, exceptional maturity, unmatched virtuosic technique and a rare passion for music that is evident in every single touch of the keyboard, has the critics and the piano world speculating him to be the next heir to the Great Russian tradition that brought forth the likes of Vladimir Horowitz and Sviatoslav Richter.

His overwhelming critical acclaim praises the young pianist’s “mature and clear interpretation” (Sergio Cimarosti, Il Piccolo-), “frightening technique” (Chiara Zocca, La Repubblica -), “extraordinary talent” (Silvio Montaguti, Il Gazzettino -), “soaring artistry” (Landa Ketoff, La Repubblica -), “sophisticated taste” (Carlo Maria Giulini), and simply declares Romanovsky: “not just a pianist... a genius”, (Jack Buckley, Il Foglio). His wide recognition is not just limited to press, but also includes the music community: renowned conductor Tamás Vásáry proclaimed Romanovsky “one of the greatest virtuosos of our time” while Carlo Maria Giulini predicted: “Everyone will be talking about his artistry,” calling him “an extraordinarily gifted young pianist.”

Having shown an extraordinary musical talent since childhood, Romanovsky gave his concerto debut at the age of nine, and was touring as soloist with Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi by age eleven, performing in Kiev, the Baltic States, France, as well as with the St. Petersburg Orchestra.

Upon moving to Imola, Italy to study with Leonid Margarius, protégé of Regina Horowitz - sister of the legendary Vladimir - Romanovsky had bestowed upon him an honor that at the age of fifteen was only received by two other musicians before him - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Gioacchino Rossini: Romanovsky was awarded an "Honoris Causa Doctorate" from the Royal Philharmonic Academy of Bologna for his awe-inspiring interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Two years later, at the remarkable ago of only seventeen, Romanovsky claimed the top prize of the renowned International “Ferruccio Busoni” Piano Competition, furthering his reputation as one of the leading young pianist of the present day.

Despite his young age, Romanovsky has been invited to numerous prominent international festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron in France, Klavier Festival Ruhr in Germany, Chopin Piano Festival in Poland, and is a frequent guest of the International Piano Festival “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli” in Brescia and Bergamo, Italy. In 2007 Alexander performed on an invitation at the Papal Residence in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI in a concert celebrating the 110th Anniversary of Pope Paul VI's birth. His unique artistry and unparalleled command of his instrument has taken him to some of the leading venues in Europe and virtually every renowned hall in Italy: Turin, Bologna, Naples, Savona, Modena, Varese, Vicenza, Festival Michelangeli, Teatro del Verme, Teatro della Pergola in Florence, Verdi Auditorium and Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome. In 2000, Romanovsky gave his first performances in Japan, performing a series of recitals in Yokohama, Osaka, Okinawa and other cities.

Highlights of the 2008/09 season included a debut in the United States, as well as performances in Hamburg, London and Milan. Notably, Romanovsky is scheduled this fall to give his debut at both the Wigmore Hall and Barbican Center in London. The latter being with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Warren-Green conducting.

In July of this year, Alexander Romanovsky gave his highly-awaited US debut at the Newport Music Festival where his success seemed to be unparalleled, and critical acclaim poured in the next day: “…a flawless technique, a huge sound and sweeping musical vision… This was among the best performances I’ve ever heard of this difficult score (Rachmaninoff’s B-Flat Minor Sonata), on the record or off” - wrote Channing Gray on Providence Journal.

Alexander Romanovsky recently signed an exclusive contract with the Decca label, and released a CD featuring Schumann’s, “Symphonic Etudes, Op.13”, and Brahms’, “Variations on theme by Paganini” to great praise from both audiences and critics who hailed the recording as being a “a signature of talent” (Filippo Michelangeli, Suonare News). His highly anticipated recording of Rachmaninov’s “Etudes Tableaux” and “Variations on theme by Corelli” has been just released. Alexander Romanovsky holds an Artist Diploma from the prestigious Royal College of Music in London, and is a Guy Black Scholar, supported by Irene Hanson, George Stennett and Harry Wood Trust Awards. In addition, Mr. Romanovsky profits from the support and guidance of John Leech and Countess Noretta Conci-Leech.

Alexander Romanovsky is represented by Isabella Puccini Artist Management, LLC - New York -




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