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Alexander Gadjiev – Sydney International Piano Competition Winner

Wednesday 26 October 2022
7.30 pm


Adult - $40.00 ea
Student - $28.00 ea
Group 4+ - $35.00



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Italian-Slovenian born, Alexander Gadjiev grew up in a musical family with both his parents well-known piano teachers and musicians.

The eclectic European culture of Gorizia, his city of origin, and a natural crossroads of peoples, cultures and languages, also had a strong influence on Alexander’s natural ability to absorb, process and rework, to his own taste, different musical styles and languages.

Studying piano with his father, Alexander made his concert debut at the age of nine, giving his first solo recital a year later. Alexander was awarded honours with his diploma at the age of seventeen and went on to participate in the Premio Venezia – a competition reserved for the best young talents in Italy, winning the 30th edition of the award.

Alexander received his Master’s degree at the Mozarteum of Salzburg, under the guidance of Pavel Gililov. Following his Master’s degree he took his Konzertexamen in Berlin under Eldar Nebolsin.

Alexander has played at prestigious piano festivals, including Verbier, the Rubinstein Festival in Łódź, the Chopin Festival in Duszniki, the ClaviCologne International Piano Festival in Düsseldorf, Piano Festival Rafael Orozco in Cordoba, the Ljubljana Festival, Bologna Festival, Settimane Musicali for the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, the Festival Animato de Paris, Ravenna Musica and the Kammermusik Salzburg Festival.


Alexander 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 3recitals – prizes for his programming skills (Best Preliminary Round Recital), audience communication (Best Program Presentation) and pianistic ability (Best Performance of a work by Liszt and Romantic & Classical periods), all highlight the 26 year old’s well-rounded, irrefutable talent and his artistic maturity.

Acclaimed by SBS as “one of the most promising pianists of the moment” following his win, The Sydney is very proud to present Gadjiev as our newest laureate.

The bar is set high for Gadjiev, with other laureates making their significant and distinctive impacts 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.

The star quality Gadjiev has already shown gives presenting venues just a glimpse of the shimmering experience that lies ahead for Australian audiences in spring 2022.


2021 Sydney International Online Piano Competition

Joseph Haydn: Sonata in C major Hob.XVI:48

Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B minor Op.35

Ludwig van Beethoven/Franz Liszt: Symphony No.7 in A majorOp.92/S.464

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