Called the “Van Cliburn of today” by the BBC, pianist Alexander Kobrin has placed himself at the forefront of today’s performing musicians. His prize-winning performances have been praised for their brilliant technique, musicality and emotional engagement with the audience. The New York Times
has written that Mr. Kobrin was a “fastidious guide” to Schumann’s “otherworldly visions, pointing out hunters, flowers, haunted corners and friendly bowers, all captured in richly characterized vignettes.” Another critic characterized Mr. Kobrin’s performance of Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto with the Syracuse Symphony as “a performance that will be revered and remembered as a landmark of the regeneration of exceptional classical music in Central New York.”
In 2005, Mr. Kobrin was awarded the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. His numerous successes in competitions also include top prizes at the Busoni International Piano Competition (First Prize), Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Top Prize) and Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow (First Prize). Mr. Kobrin has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in recital at major halls worldwide, from Albert Hall in London and the Kennedy Center in Washington to Avery Fisher Hall in New York and the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatoire.
Though widely acclaimed as a performer, Mr. Kobrin’s teaching has been an inspiration to many students through his passion for music. He served on the faculty of the Gnessin Academy of Music from 2003 to 2010. In 2010, Mr. Kobrin was named the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and in 2013 he joined the renowned Artist Faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School. Mr. Kobrin has been a jury member for many international piano competitions, and he has released recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Quartz, and Centaur labels, covering a wide swath of the piano literature.
Mr. Kobrin was born in 1980 in Moscow. At the age of five, he was enrolled in the world-famous Gnessin Special School of Music after which he attended the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. His teachers have included renowned professors Tatiana Zelikman and Lev Naumov. [Photo by Rob Davidson Photography]