Artists biographies
Alexander Krichel

Since winning the ’Newcomer of the Year’ ECHO Klassik award in 2013 for his first Sony Classical recital disc, German pianist Alexander Krichel has established himself as one of the most promising young pianists of today. His third album, featuring Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, has been released in 2015 to great critical acclaim, and 2017 will see the release of a disc featuring works by Maurice Ravel.

Following his recent debut with the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott in 2014, Maestro Nott immediately invited him to make his Japanese debut with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra last year. This season, Alexander makes his debut with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antonio Méndez, as well as with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. Current recitals include concerts in Dresden, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Mainz, Bremen, Kiel and Leverkusen. Recent solo performances have taken him to venues such as Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Herkulessaal and Prinzregenten-theater Munich, Philharmonie Cologne, Tonhalle Zurich and Düsseldorf and the Konzerthaus in Vienna and to famous festivals.

Alexander is a keen chamber musician and regularly collaborates with French horn player Felix Klieser, with whom he tours Germany this season. Other chamber music partners include Albrecht Mayer, Klaus Florian Vogt, Gabriel Schwabe and Kirill Troussov.

Born in Hamburg in 1989, Alexander Krichel started to play the piano at the age of six and became a pre student at Hamburg University of Music and Drama at the age of 15. From 2007, he continued his studies with Vladimir Krainev at Hanover University of Music and Drama. He is currently studying with Dmitri Alexeev at Royal College of Music in London. From 2012 to 2015, Alexander was part of the stART programme for young artists at Bayer Kultur. He is also a scholarship holder of Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, Berenberg Bank Foundation, PE Förderungen and the Otto group.

Away from the piano, Alexander has a passion for mathematics, science and foreign languages. He promotes projects that encourage children's and teenagers' approach towards classical music and is very involved in hospice work in Hamburg. He lives in London and Hamburg.