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The recital usefully — thrillingly — ended with Boulez’s earliest published work, the 12 Notations (1945), piano miniatures each 12 bars long and 12-note in idiom…in Alexander Soares’s brilliantly unbuttoned account, the crazed toccata of No 2 sounded sufficiently orchestral.

Paul Driver The Sunday Times

Following his Royal Festival Hall debut at age 23, British pianist Alexander Soares has garnered a reputation as a pianist who combines “huge intensity” (The Telegraph) with “diamond clarity and authority” (BBC Radio 3). Since winning the Gold Medal in the prestigious Royal Overseas League Competition in 2015 – and his subsequent selection as a solo artist by City Music Foundation – he has performed in major venues and festivals across the U.K., Europe and United States, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions.

Equally comfortable performing a wide range of repertoire, Alexander is quickly gaining a reputation as a leading exponent of contemporary French repertoire. In 2019 he signed with Rubicon Classics to release his debut album Notations & Sketches. Recorded in Milton Court and produced by Andrew Keener, the album features the solo piano repertoire of Boulez, Dutilleux & Messiaen. It has received widespread critical acclaim, including selection as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine (May 2019), and praise in BBC Music Magazine and International Piano Magazine.

Current and recent highlights include performances at The Wigmore Hall, St Johns Smith Square, and a residency at the Two Moors Festival. He has launched an educational outreach project The Notations Project with support from YCAT to inspire young composers, and will also be collaborating with emerging composer Gonçalo Gato on the LSO Soundhub scheme in 2019-20.

He combines a busy and varied performing schedule with lecturing, teaching, and research into memorisation following his doctorate at Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

www.alexander-soares.com


“Notations finds Soares matching virtuosity and exploratory curiosity, fierce competition for Pierre-Laurent Aimard and David Fray”

Colin Clarke (from International Piano Magazine)

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Barber Piano Concerto op. 38
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 19
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 op. 58
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 21
Delius Piano Concerto in C minor
de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin Piano Concerto in F
Grieg Concerto in A minor
Janacek Concertino
Messiaen Oiseaux Exotiques
Messiaen Des Canyons aux Etoiles
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K.467
Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor op. 54
Poulenc Concerto for two pianos in D minor (I)
Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 Op. 26
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 18
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 op. 30
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 102

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