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Alexej Gorlatch was born in 1988 in Kiev, Ukraine, and was three when he and his family moved to Germany. He began his piano studies in Passau with Eduard-Georg Georgiew and at the age of twelve became a junior student of Martin Hughes at the University of Arts in Berlin. In 2002 he transferred to the University of Music and Drama in Hanover, where he completed the class led by Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and was then supervised by Bernd Goetzke. In 2006 Gorlatch won the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan; victories followed in 2008 at the Rubinstein Competition, the German Music Competition and, in 2009, at the Dublin Competition. He was especially successful at the 2011 International ARD Music Competition, where he took First Price and the Audience Prize. Alexej Gorlatch has already performed at many international concert venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Alfred Cortot in Paris, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. He has concertized at the Ruhr Piano Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, the Schleswig-Holstein and Rheingau Music Festivals, the Schwetzingen Festival, and the Yokohama International Piano Festival. Other credits include performances with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Camerata Salzburg, the NHK Japan Philharmonic, the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Hallé Orchestra. Alexej Gorlatch’s recordings include works by Chopin, Schumann, and Beethoven. 2015 saw the release of his recording of piano works by Igor Stravinsky, which he performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Alondra de la Parra.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 November 2013 in a program of works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin.