Alexej Gorlatch, piano
“… the most poetically expressive account of Chopin’s Etudes I have ever heard: none of pianism’s big beasts, past or present, could have done better” (The Independent, 2011)
Alexej Gorlatch was born in 1988 in Kiev and has been living in Germany since 1991. He began his piano studies at the age of seven with Eduard-Georg Georgiew in Passau, becoming a junior student of Martin Hughes at the Berlin University of Arts at the age of twelve, before continuing his music studies two years later with KarlHeinz Kämmerling at the University of Music and Drama Hanover and subsequently with Bernd Goetzke.
His victory at the International ARD Music Competition, where he also garnered the audience prize and several special awards besides, was preceded by a remarkable musical debut – within just six years, he had picked up first prize at nine renowned international piano competitions, including those in Hamamatsu, Japan (2006), the German Music Competition (2008), the International A.G. Rubinstein Competition (2009) and in Dublin (2009), as well as the Silver Medal in Leeds.
Alexej Gorlatch has given highly acclaimed performances at the world’s most prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Great Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie, Salle Alfred Cortot in Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, the Herkulessaal and Philharmonie in Munich, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia. He has been invited to perform at “La Roque d’Anthéron” International Piano Festival, Lucerne Festival, Ruhr Piano Festival, Yokohama International Piano Festival, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, MDR Musiksommer, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Festspiele “Europäische Wochen”, Schwarzwald Music Festival, Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland and the Harrogate International Festival in the UK, among others. He has played on concert tours in Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Italy, Ireland, Germany and the USA.
As a soloist, Alexej Gorlatch has appeared with numerous orchestras, such as the Hallé Manchester, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, RTÉ National Symphony Ireland, leading orchestras of Japan (NHK, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, and Nagoya Philharmonic), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, NDR Symphony and NDR Radio Philharmonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Bochum Symphony, Korean Symphony, Saint Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine and the Johannesburg Philharmonic. Alexej Gorlatch has recorded CDs with OehmsClassics, BR Klassik, Genuin and RAM, and the releases of his live performances on the Edition Ruhr Piano Festival and the BR Klassik label have been greeted with great acclaim.
Alexej Gorlatch is a scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben (German Foundation for Musical Life), SWR2 New Talent and the Mozart Society of Dortmund.