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Yamaha Artist Services Presents Van Cliburn Competition-Winning Pianist Alexander Kobrin in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall Debut, December 19, 2019

December 2, 2019 | By Vanessa Meiling Haynes
Publicity Intern, Hemsing Associates

Yamaha Artist Services presents the brilliant pianist Alexander Kobrin—most noted for his win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005—in his recital debut at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019), Thursday evening, December 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The program will feature piano sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as Schumann’s Waldszenen.

The full recital program  follows:


                        Beethoven                   Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7

                        Schumann                   Waldszenen, Op. 82


                        Brahms                       Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5


Tickets at $35 ($20 for students & seniors) will be available for purchase in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th St. and 7th Avenue, by phone through CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, and online at:

The distinguished pianist Alexander Kobrin— heralded as the “Van Cliburn of today” by BBC Russia—has placed himself at the forefront of today's performing musicians. His many prize-winning performances have been praised for their brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with the audience. Reviewing Mr. Kobrin’s per-formance of Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat (K. 333) at the New School’s Mannes College of Music, Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote:

“He surrendered neither the smoothness nor the dynamic fluidity that the modern piano allows, and he gave his sense of fantasy free rein, using a shapely bass line to suggest drama in the opening Allegro and creating an almost confessional spirit in the central Andante cantabile.”
                                                                                                                — July 25, 2012

Mr. Kobrin has been an active guest soloist with leading orchestras throughout his career, including the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Berliner Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Swedish Radio Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with such conductors as Mikhail Pletnev, Mikhail Jurovsky, Mark Elder, Vassiliy Sinaisky, James Conlon, Claus Peter Flor, Alexander Lazarev, Vassiliy Petrenko, and Yuri Bashmet.

He has appeared in recital at major halls worldwide, including Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Louvre Auditorium, la Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Munich’s Herkulesaal and Berlin’s Filarmonia Hall in Germany, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, Sheung Wan Civic Centre in Hong Kong, and the Sala Verdi in Milan, amongst others. Notable past engagements have included recitals under the aegis of the Cliburn Series, Washington Performing Arts Society, Chautauqua Institution Music Festival, La Roque d'Anthéron, Ravinia Festival, Beethoven Easter Festival, Busoni Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Festival Musique dans le Grésivaudan, and International Keyboard Institute & Festival, as well as annual concert tours in Japan, China, and Taiwan.

Using Yamaha’s exclusive new recording technology on the Bösendorfer 280VC ENSPIRE PRO, Mr. Kobrin recorded an all-Beethoven disc in August 2019, which is slated to be released on the Centaur label.  It features four Beethoven piano sonatas: Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7; Sonata No. 8 in C Minor Op. 13 (Grande Sonata Pathétique); Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2; and Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22. Mr. Kobrin has also released previous recordings on Centaur as well as the Harmonia Mundi and Quartz labels, covering a wide swath of the piano literature. Bryce Morrison of Gramophone Magazine endorsed his Cliburn Competition release on Harmonia Mundi, writing that “in [Rachmaninoff’s] Second Sonata (played in the 1931 revision), despite fire-storms of virtuosity, there is always room for everything to tell and Kobrin achieves a hypnotic sense of the music’s dark necromancy.”   (Issue 2, 2006).

In addition to his international performing career, Mr. Kobrin has also been an active figure in music education for many years. From 2003 to 2010 he served on the faculty of the Russian State Gnessin’s Academy of Music. In 2010 Alexander Kobrin was named the L. Rexford Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and from 2013 until 2017 was a member of the Artist Faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School. In July 2017, Mr. Kobrin joined the faculty of the renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. His masterclass schedule has included engagements with the International Piano Series and the Conservatories of Japan and China, as well as jury participation for the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Blüthner International Piano Competition in Vienna, E-Competition in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Neuhaus International Piano Festival in Moscow.

Born in Moscow in 1980, Mr. Kobrin was enrolled in the world-famous Gnessin Special School of Music at the age of five, after which he attended the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. His teachers have included renowned professors Tatiana Zelikman and Lev Naumov. Mr. Kobrin is the winner of numerous international piano competitions—besides the Van Cliburn, he has garnered prizes from the Busoni, Hamamatsu, and Glasgow International Piano Competitions.

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