Récital Alexandre Kantorow

Monday 23 September 2019 - Auditorium

8.30 p.m.
© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gaël Cornier
Récital Alexandre Kantorow

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gaël Cornier

In 2019, at only 21 years old, Alexandre Kantorow became the first French pianist to win the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition, which instantly propelled him to the forefront of the international scene.


The precocity and maturity of this artist never fail to astound. Alexandre Kantorow brings Bartók to join his favourite composer, Brahms, both fervent defenders of traditional Hungarian music, a genre to which he devotes a CD recorded in the Auditorium of the Fondation Louis Vuitton (release scheduled for spring 2020).


With the addition of Liszt and Fauré, Mr Kantorow reveals two contrasting facets of his piano artistry: a brilliant, athletic virtuosity and a fine, delicate technique of disconcerting intimacy.

The artist

Alexandre Kantorow

At 22 years old, Alexandre Kantorow is the first French pianist to win the gold medal at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition as well as the Grand Prix. 


After his win, Valery Gergiev has asked him to accompany him and the Mariinsky Orchestra for a series of concerts in Europe.

Whether it’s a concert or a disc, the critics are giving Alexandre Kantorow (born 1997) glowing reviews. Hailed by the press as the “young tsar” of the French piano, he started performing very early. At 16, he was invited to play for “les folles journées” in Nantes and Warsaw with the Sinfonia Varsovia. Since then he has played with many orchestras, such as Kansai Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Geneva Orchestra, Bern Orchestra, Toulouse National Orchestra etc.


Alexandre has played at major concert halls such as the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Philharmonie de Paris, BOZAR in Brussels and also at the most prestigious festivals including la Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, Heidelberg etc.


BIS label has offered Alexandre a “carte blanche” for his choice in repertoire, and among his projects with them, all the Liszt concerti and all the Saint Saens concerti. His recordings are acclaimed by the critic and his recital CD “A la russe” was awarded CHOC CLASSICA for the year 2017.


In 2019, he was awarded “musical revelation of the year” by the French performing arts press federation.


Alexandre is a laureate of the Safran Foundation and gets help from pianos Yamaha at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris where he has studied in Rena Shereshevskaya’s class.

The essential

Monday 23 September 2019
8.30 p.m. - Auditorium


The programme


Johannes Brahms

Rhapsodie n°1, op.79 


Franz Liszt

Chasse Neige, extrait des Douze études d'exécution transcendante 


Béla Bartók

Rhapsodie op.1 


--- Intermission ---


Johannes Brahms

Sonate n°2 


Gabriel Fauré

Nocturne n°6, op. 63 



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