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Alexander Krichel

Alexander Krichel

Born in Hamburg in 1989, Alexander Krichel started to play the piano at the age of six. He became a pre student at Hamburg University of Music and Drama at the age of 15. From 2007 he continued his studies with the legendary Vladimir Krainev at Hanover University of Music and Drama. He is currently studying under the tutelage of Dmitri Alexeev at Royal College of Music in London. Alexander Krichel is a winner of several international and national piano competitions.

In 2011 Alexander Krichel signed an exclusive recording contract with SONY Classical. His first album for Sony, "Frühlingsnacht", was released in February 2013 to great acclaim from critics and the public alike, and entered the German classical charts straightaway. The accompanying tour of Germany took the pianist to major concert venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, the Herkulessaal and the Prinzregententheater in Munich, and the Düsseldorf Tonhalle. Future recital engagements feature débuts in the Essen Philharmonie, Stuttgart's Liederhalle and the Wiesbaden Kurhaus.

The festivals he has appeared at include the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Kissinger Sommer. And summer 2014 will see him make his début at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival.

Outside Germany, Alexander Krichel has played in France, and farther afield in the USA and South America; his most recent appearance in France was at the well-known piano festival "Piano aux Jacobins" in Toulouse. In January 2014 he will be giving his first piano recital in Japan, namely in Tokyo.

Future orchestral appearances include his débuts with the Bamberger Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Nott, the Dresden Philharmonic under Michael Sanderling, the Bremen Philharmonic under Aleksandar Markovich, the Chamber Orchestra of the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Lucerne Festival Strings. Alexander Krichel already made his acclaimed orchestral début in Munich in March 2013, when he played with the Munich Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Georg Schmöhe.

For the 2012/13 season, Alexander Krichel was admitted to Bayer Kultur's stART programme. The culture department of pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Bayer will be sponsoring him for a period of three years, and Krichel will give numerous concert performances under their aegis. In addition, he receives a scholarship from the Oscar & Vera Ritter Foundation.

The debut album of Alexander “INSIGHTS – Alexander Krichel plays Liszt” was published under the label Telos Music.

In addition to his musical achievements, he still finds time for further challenges: he was recognised by the William Stern Society for particularly gifted mathematicians and invited to attend classes at the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Hamburg. Furthermore he is prize winner of various other competitions, for instance: Mathematics Olympiad, Federal Competition of Foreign Languages and Federal Competition of Research in the field of natural sciences (biology) which are annually held by the German government.