Pianist ALEXANDRE PIROJENKO has the technical skills to do anything he wants with a piano; better yet, what he wants to do is sensitive, original, and brilliant," wrote The Washington Post after Mr. Pirojenko's Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center.
His international piano competition prizes include First Prize in the XXV Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition in Italy, First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, First Prize in the XVI Ibiza International Piano Competition in Spain, First Prize in The Paula Cussi International Piano Competition to Celebrate the Tercentenary of St. Petersburg, First Prize in the 8th Newport International Piano Competition in Wales, and Second Prizes in Concorso Internazionale Musicale Valsesia - Musica in Italy, the 3rd International Piano Competition in Memory of Emil Gilels in Odessa, the 7th New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Vendome Prize International Piano Competition, the 4th International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev, and the Bremen International Piano Competition.
He has appeared on stages in Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Germany, Austria, France, UK, USA, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Japan, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Lebanon, and Peru, performing at such concert halls as St.Petersburg Grand and Chamber Philharmonic Halls, Capella Concert Hall and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatoire Small Hall and Rachmaninov Hall, Kiev Grand Philharmonic Hall and Conservatoire Grand Hall, Paris Salle Alfred Cortot and UNESCO Concert Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, New York 92 Street Y (Kaufmann Hall) and Lincoln Center, Washington D. C. Kennedy Center, New Orleans Roussel Performance Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, Geneva Palais des Nations, Zagreb Croatia Music Hall, Ljubljana Cankarjev dom, Porto Casa da Musica (Sala Suggia) and Salzburg Mozarteum (Solitar) among many others.
He has performed in numerous festivals including the International Festival "Musical Olympus" in St.Petersburg, the International Festival "Petersburg Musical Spring", the St.Petersburg International Piano Festival, the Music Festival "The Stars of the White Nights" in St.Petersburg, the Piano Music Festival "Gradus ad Parnassum" and the Music Festival "M. Glinka. Bicentenary" in Moscow, the International Festival "Kyiv Summer Music Evenings", the Sintra Festival in Portugal, the Honest Brook Music Festival in the USA, Festival Internazionale "In Viaggio... con la Musica" in Cividino, Italy, and "Alles Beethoven & Scubert!" - Zyklus in Salzburg.
In addition to his incredible breadth in the classical repertoire, he is also a gifted interpreter of new music, having performed the premieres of works by Boris Tishchenko, Evgeny Rushanskiy, Pyotr Tchernobrivets and Tatyana Voronina.
In 2008 Alexandre Pirojenko performed a world premier of F. Mendelssohn & I. Moscheles Duo concertant pour deux Pianos avec Accompagnement d'Orchestre en Variations brillantes sur la Marche Bohemienne tiree du Melodrame Preciosa de C. M. de Weber, with Pavel Raikerous and conductor Sergey Stadler.
Mr. Pirojenko frequently performs as soloist with orchestras including the St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the St.Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the St.Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra, the TRC "Petersburg" Symphony Orchestra, the St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra "Klassika", the St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra of the Mikhailovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Symphony Orchestra of the Opera and Ballet Theatre of the St.Petersburg Conservatoire, the Saratov Philharmonic, the Karelia Philharmonic, the Volgograd Symphony, Bashkortostan National Symphony, and the Ukraine National Symphony. He has also appeared with the Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra in Kiev, the Kharkov Philharmonic, the Odessa Philharmonic, Latvian National Symphony, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie, L'Orchestra de I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Portugal, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica "Mihail Jora" di Bacau (Romania), the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra "Witold Lutoslawski", Faroes Symphony Orchestra, the Contemporaneous Orchestral Ensemble in France, Orchestra of St. Luke's, The Naples (Florida) Philharmonic Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the Fort Smith Symphony in the USA, among the others.
He worked with conductors including Nikolai Alexeev, Alexander Dmitriev, Vladimir Altshuler, Alexander Sladkovsky, Sergey Stadler, Alexander Tchernushenko, Stanislav Gorkovenko, Alexander Kantorov, Edward Serov, Andrei Anikhanov, Tugan Sokhiev, Alexander Titov, Valentin Nesterov, Vladimir Verbitsky, Vladimir Lande, Volodimir Sirenko, Mykola Dyadyura, Hobart Earle, Imants Resnis, Grant Llewellin, Ulf Schirmer, Nicholas Carthy, Neil Varon, Christoph Konig, En Shao, Ovidiu Balan, Mariusz Smolij, Bernhardur Wilkinson, Olivier Dejours, Michael Stern, Jorge Mester, Klauspeter Seibel, Claire Fox Hillard, and John Jeter.
In 2007, Alexandre Pirojenko's CD was released in Italy by Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition.
Born on November 3, 1979, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Alexandre Pirojenko began his piano studies with Irina Saravayskaya at the age of 5 and studied with Marina Wolf at the Special Music School of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory. In 1998 he began studies with Prof. Alexander Sandler at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, graduating with highest honors in 2003 and completing postgraduate studies two years later. He also did postgraduate studies with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hannover.
Since 2006, Mr. Pirojenko has taught piano at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He has given master classes in the USA, Ukraine, Italy and Faroe Islands, and served as a jury member of the international competitions in Spain and Ukraine.