2005 CLIBURN GOLD
SEMIFINAL ROUND RECITAL
ORIGINALLY BROADCAST MAY 29, 2005
SCHONTHAL Sonata quasi un’improvvisazione
SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, op. 13
RACHMANINOV Etudes-tableaux, op. 33
ABOUT ALEXANDER KOBRIN
Heralded for “thoughtful performances perfectly balanced between intellectual rigor and expressive pliancy” (Dallas Morning News), 2005 Cliburn Gold Medalist Alexander Kobrin has established a performance career across North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Russian National, English Chamber, Dallas Symphony, and BBC Symphony, and recitals have taken him to major halls and music festivals around the world. He has released nine acclaimed recordings to date, covering a wide swatch of piano literature, for the harmonia mundi, Quartz, and Centaur labels. Born in Moscow, Alexander enrolled in the Gnessin Special School of Music at age 5, after which he attended the Moscow Conservatory. In addition to the Cliburn gold medal, he has won top prizes at the Busoni, Hamamatsu, and Scottish International Piano Competitions. He is currently on faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.