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Aleksei Lubimov

Aleksei Lubimov

Born in Moscow Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov today belongs to the most original musicians. His wide repertoire, dedication to principles and musical morals make him a most welcome exception and addition in today´s music scene. Studying with Heinrich Neuhaus Alexei Lubimov established an early passion for both baroque music, particularly when performed on traditional instruments and 20th century composers such as Schönberg, Webern, Stockhausen, Boulez, Ives, Ligeti, Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Silvestrov and Pärt. He premiered many contemporary pieces in Russia and founded a festival “Alternativa”. He also established a quartet dedicated to baroque music during the years in the 70ties when travel limitations stopped his international career. Playing old and new music well however never stopped Alexei Lubimov from being an outstanding performer of classical and romantic repertoire as his many recordings prove.

As political restrictions disappeared in Russia at the 80ties Alexei Lubimov soon stepped into the first rang of pianists giving concerts in Europe, America and Japan. He has appeared with orchestras such as Helsinki- Israel- Los Angeles- Munich and Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic London, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Phil. de Radio France, Toronto Symphony or Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin under conductors like Ashkenazy, Järvi, Kondrashin, Hogwood, Mackerras, Nagano, Norrington, Pletnev, Saraste, Salonen, Janovski or Tortelier. Examples for historic performances include concerts with the orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Wiener Akademie or Collegium Vocale Gent.
Alexei Lubimov lays another point of emphasis on chamber music and performs regularly with famous soloists at festivals all over the world. His late 90ties diary again included prestigious orchestra and solo concerts in Japan, the USA and Europe as well as various chamber music appearances at mainly festivals. The programmes featured Strawinsky, concert for piano and strings with Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington, Mozart with BBC Proms or Rachmaninov 4th concert with Finnish Radio in an extended tour. In the last seasons he played concerts with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RNO Moscow and Austrian Tonkünstlerorchester (2 concerts at Musikverein great hall among others) as well as numerous solo performances. At Salzburg Festival 2003 and in Copenhagen he performed orchestra concerts with “Prometeus” by Scriabin. In 2005 he was performing among others with Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment (Beethoven), Munich Philharmonic (Silvestrov), SWR Stuttgart (Pärt), DSO Berlin (Pärt), Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Pärt), Anima Eterna Brugge and RNO Moscow.

Many recordings have been published by various labels such as Melodia, Erato, BIS or Sony. They feature the complete Mozart sonatas, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms as well as music from the 20th century. In 2003 appeared with ECM “Der Bote” and was received enthusiastically by all major critics and the same praise was earned by the latest 2005 CD release with ECM.

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