Of his performance in the Van Cliburn International Competition, where Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine won the Special Award for Artistic Potential at age 19, the music critic of the Dallas Morning News wrote that Moutouzkine “played Brahms’ Op. 117 Intermezzi more beautifully, more movingly, than I’ve ever heard them…this was playing of heart-stopping intimacy and elegance.” A winner of Astral Artists’ 2009 National Auditions, Mr. Moutouzkine has claimed top prizes at the Walter W. Naumburg, Cleveland, Montreal, and Arthur Rubinstein international competitions, as well as first prizes in the New Orleans, Andorra, Iturbi (Valencia), Guerrero (Madrid) and Panama international piano competitions. His recital debut in London’s Wigmore Hall was hailed by International Piano magazine as “technically dazzling.” The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote of his Philadelphia recital debut, under Astral’s auspices, that his is “a career that will matter.”
Mr. Moutouzkine has toured throughout Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Italy, and North and South America, as well as in China and Japan. As a soloist he has performed with the Berliner Symphoniker, the Israel Philharmonic and Israel Camerata, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the symphony orchestras in Brno, Kharkov, Tivoli, Valencia, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Madrid’s Radiotelevision Española, Bogotá, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Bangor, and Shanghai. He has also performed with the national orchestras of Ukraine, Panama, Cuba, and Colombia.
Recent highlights include chamber music concerts with violinist Mikhail Simonyan at the Kennedy Center; performances of “Between the Keys,” a program of the complete solo piano works of John Corigliano; Mr. Moutouzkine’s debut at the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Berliner Symphoniker; a chamber music concert in Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse with the Jasper String Quartet; and an appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra on its “Beyond the Score” series. In April 2011, Mr. Moutouzkine made his debut at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts performing his own solo piano transcription of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. His performance of Chopin Études in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory was recorded live and released on the Classical Music Archives label in Russia.
Alexandre Moutouzkine holds a Master’s degree and postgraduate degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky. He holds undergraduate degrees from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover and Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Music Academy. He is currently a teaching associate at Manhattan School of Music.