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Alexander Ullman

Piano

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

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Christopher Dingstad, MA
Senior Artist Manager
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Matthias Gruber, BA
Assistant Artist Manager
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Biography

Praised for his subtle interpretations and refined technical mastery, British pianist Alexander Ullman has impressed audiences and critics worldwide with his deep understanding of the scores he interprets, his elegant touch and crystalline phrasing.

Recent highlights include performances with the NCPA Orchestra in Beijing (Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 under Markus Stenz) and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 under Josep Vicent), as well as his debuts at the Lucerne Piano Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr and Montreal Chamber Music Festival. He also made his debut with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and performed recitals in Germany (Munich, Bayreuth, Weimar and Berlin), Austria (Liszt Festival Raiding), Hungary (Liszt Academy Budapest), the Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Georgia, Mexico, Korea (Seoul Arts Center) and his native UK.

The upcoming season sees his concerto debuts at Vienna’s Musikverein with the Tonkünstler Orchestra (under Yutaka Sado) and Munich’s Gasteig with Munich Symphony Orchestra (under Kevin John Edusei) – both with Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3. He makes his recital debut at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, returns to Seoul Arts Center with two solo programmes, and performs in duo recitals with pianist Teo Gheorghiu at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and with violinist Tosca Opdam at New York’s Zankel Hall.

In Spring 2019, his first album on Rubicon, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Prokofiev’s Six Pieces from…

Praised for his subtle interpretations and refined technical mastery, British pianist Alexander Ullman has impressed audiences and critics worldwide with his deep understanding of the scores he interprets, his elegant touch and crystalline phrasing.

Recent highlights include performances with the NCPA Orchestra in Beijing (Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 under Markus Stenz) and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 under Josep Vicent), as well as his debuts at the Lucerne Piano Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr and Montreal Chamber Music Festival. He also made his debut with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and performed recitals in Germany (Munich, Bayreuth, Weimar and Berlin), Austria (Liszt Festival Raiding), Hungary (Liszt Academy Budapest), the Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Georgia, Mexico, Korea (Seoul Arts Center) and his native UK.

The upcoming season sees his concerto debuts at Vienna’s Musikverein with the Tonkünstler Orchestra (under Yutaka Sado) and Munich’s Gasteig with Munich Symphony Orchestra (under Kevin John Edusei) – both with Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3. He makes his recital debut at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, returns to Seoul Arts Center with two solo programmes, and performs in duo recitals with pianist Teo Gheorghiu at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and with violinist Tosca Opdam at New York’s Zankel Hall.

In Spring 2019, his first album on Rubicon, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Prokofiev’s Six Pieces from Cinderella, as well as Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Firebird suites, received rave reviews.

The winner of the 2017 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Alexander has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra and Korean Symphony Orchestra, as well as the New Jersey, Fort Worth and Montreal symphonies, working with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Giancarlo Guerrero, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Valentin Uryupin and Cristian Măcelaru. In the 17/18 season he closed the Lille Piano(s) Festival with Orchestre de Picardie under Jean-Claude Casadesus.

He has performed at Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and the NCPA in Beijing, and has been featured in the Nottingham and Oxford international piano series, on BBC Radio 3, France Musique and MDR Klassik. Chamber music highlights include performances at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove (UK), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades (France) and La Jolla Summerfest (US) with performers such as the Dover Quartet, violinists Barnabas Kelemen and Aleksey Semenenko, and cellist Michael Petrov.

Alexander first came to international attention in 2011 after winning the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest. From 2014 to 2017 he was represented by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). Born in London, in 1991, he studied at the Purcell School, the Curtis Institute and the Royal College of Music, completing his Artist Diploma as the “Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow” in 2017 (awarded by the Philip Loubser Foundation). His teachers have included William Fong, Leon Fleisher, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Robert McDonald, Dmitri Alexeev, Ian Jones and Elisso Virsaladze.

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He heard the score with immense clarity and vision, and brought it to life as if the composer were watching over his shoulder.

Repertoire

Concerto Repertoire (Selection)
   
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 & 4
  "Christ on the Mount of Olives"
  Violin Concerto (for piano, op.61a)
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2
Grieg Piano Concerto
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 & 2
Mozart Piano Concerto KV 414, 466, 467 & 503
Prokofiev Piano Concerto Nr. 1
Rachmaninov Paganini Variations
  Piano Concerto No. 1, 2 & 3
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
   
Recital Programmes (Selection)
   
Haydn Piano Sonata in G major, Hob.XVI:40
Beethoven "Waldstein" Sonata, op.53
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Beethoven Sonata, op.54
Schubert/Liszt    Selection (Ave Maria, Ind er Ferne, Der Wanderer & Die Forelle)
   
Gibbons Fantasie MB 9 & Pavan MB 16
Ravel "Pavane pour une infante défunt"
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fuge
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Schubert/Liszt Selection (Ave Maria, Ind er Ferne, Der Wanderer & Die Forelle)
Liszt Nuages Gris
Liszt Piano Sonata
   
Beethoven Piano Sonata op.53 "Waldstein", op.54 & op. 57 "Appassionata" (1 hour without intermission)
   
Selected Chamber Music Repertoire
   
Chausson Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet
  Piano Quartet
Dvořák Piano Quintet
Dvořák Piano Trio No. 3 in f minor
Pärt "Fratres" for Klavier and Violin
Schumann Piano Quintet
   
With Teo Gheorghiu (Piano)
Scriabin Fantasy
Prokofiev Suite from "Cinderella"
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Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances