Born in Moscow in 2001, Alexander Malofeev began piano lessons at the age of five and later studied at the Gnessin Institute as well as the conservatory in his native city. He won First Prize as well as the Gold Medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians at the age of 13. A year later, Riccardo Chailly heard him at a guest performance in Milan and was amazed not only by the young Russian’s technical perfection but by the depth of his interpretations as well, which elevated him well beyond the status of a “child prodigy.” Invitations have since taken Malofeev to the Philadelphia and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, and the Los Angeles and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2019, he accompanied the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Chailly on tour to Shanghai; he will also appear with the orchestra in Paris and Hamburg in the fall of 2024. Chailly additionally engaged him for a European tour with the Filarmonica della Scala to play Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto in the spring of 2024. Malofeev has worked with such conductors as Marin Alsop, Alain Altinoglu, Myung-Whun Chung, Susanna Mälkki, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alondra de la Parra, Vasily Petrenko, Mikhail Pletnev, and Michael Tilson Thomas. He has performed at the Vienna Musikverein, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Philharmonie in Paris and Luxembourg, the Bunka Kaikan Theater in Tokyo, the Seoul Art Center, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Parco della Musica in Rome, and the Alte Oper Frankfurt. He has moreover performed at such major festivals as Verbier, La Roque d’Anthéron, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, Aspen, Ravinia, and Tanglewood. Though Malofeev is particularly acclaimed for his performances of Rachmaninoff, his repertoire ranges from the Baroque to Scriabin, Prokofiev, and Gershwin. Alexander Malofeev currently resides in Berlin.

May 2024