Alexander Gadjiev is the First Prize winner of the prestigious and internationally renowned Sydney International Piano Competition (The Sydney).
Awarded by an international jury, Gadjiev stole the show in this year’s competition, receiving half of all the prizes available to the finalists – a first for any competitor in The Sydney’s 44 year history.
Gadjiev’s accolades were scattered across his 3 recitals. Prizes for his programming skills (best preliminary round recital), audience communication (best program presentation) and pianistic ability (best performance of a work by Liszt & romantic period & classical period) highlight the 26 year old’s well-rounded, irrefutable talent and artistic maturity.
The star quality Gadjiev has already shown gives just a glimpse of the shimmering experience that lies ahead for Bunbury audiences in November 2022. Alexander Gadjiev will astound audiences with his virtuosic skill and why he is the deserving winner of one of the world’s greatest competitions for the piano.
More about Alexander
Alexander made his concert debut at the age of nine, giving his first solo recital a year later. Both his musical family and the eclectic culture of his city of origin Gorizia, a natural crossroads of peoples, cultures and languages, had a strong influence on his natural ability to absorb, process and rework different musical styles and languages.
Alexander was selected for the 2019 – 2021 BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, providing major opportunities for him in the UK and is also an ambassador for the 2025 European Capital of Culture.
Alexander received his Master’s degree at the Mozarteum of Salzburg, under the guidance of Pavel Gililov and his Konzertexamen in Berlin under Eldar Nebolsin. Alexander has performed in the major concert halls of Paris, Venice, Moscow and at esteemed piano festivals around the world.
Acclaimed by SBS as “one of the most promising pianists of the moment,” The Sydney is very proud to present Gadjiev as our newest laureate. The bar is set high for Gadjiev, with other laureates having significant impact on Australian audiences – we think of Andrey Gugnin’s 33-concert tour in 2017 and of Adelaide-based Konstantin Shamray who Australia now proudly calls one of its own.
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“An intelligent, communicative and elegant winner of extraordinary
musical, pianistic prowess.”
Piers Lane – AO
The Sydney International Piano Competition has always held events at the highest international level. It inspires pianists and audiences a-like stimulating interest in the piano and music in general and providing a platform to showcase outstanding pianists from around the world and assist in developing their careers.
The Sydney is one of the major international events of its kind in the world. Founded by the late Miss Claire Dan AM, OBE, Rex Hobcroft AM and Robert Tobias, it was inaugurated in July 1977 and has since been held every four years, except in 1988 when it was brought forward to coincide with the Bicentenary of Australia celebrations. The Sydney was admitted as a member of the Geneva based World Federation of International Music Competitions in 1978, the first Australian competition to be accepted as a member.
Sydney is not only a significant centre of the arts, but a city which has produced and fostered artists of international distinction, whose contributions to music are well known. The Sydney Opera House is a symbol of the city’s commitment to attaining the highest standards in all areas of the performing arts. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, in the centre of the city with its ‘back-yard’ the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, is home to the Competition.