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Press review

June 6, 2022
Camille De Rijck
Alexandre Kantorow on cover of Diapason

He burst into the piano galaxy like a comet when he won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2019. Since then, this gifted musician with the look of a new romantic has had no trouble making a name for himself.

May 13, 2022
Tim Parry
Alexandre Kantorow on the cover of Gramophone

Alexandre Kantorow on the cover of Gramophone

June 21, 2022
Juan Carlos Tellechea
Dazzling debut at Kavier-Festival Ruhr 2022

Alexandre Kantorow's slenderness and sharpness of contrasts are to be admired unreservedly.

June 5, 2022
Erica Jeal
Brahms review: gothic darkness and beguiling sweetness

A Brahms interpreter of unusual insight and distinctiveness.

May 10, 2022
Stefan Ender
He is one of the best pianists of the world.

Nun präsentierte sich Alexandre Kantorow am Montagabend mit Werken von Schumann, Liszt und Skrjabin im Mozart-Saal. Von Pathos und Kitsch, kardinalen Interpretationssünden im Romantikfach, zeigte sich der 24-Jährige gänzlich unbefleckt – was bei Schlachtrössern wie Liszts Dante-Sonate ein Kunststück ist.

May 4, 2022
Geoff Brown
The piano star is the real deal

This week brings further proof that this new star in the classical firmament is also phenomenal, tremendous etc when the fare is simpler and lighter, as with Saint-Saens' five piano concertos.

May 2, 2022
François Laurent
Camille Saint-Saëns Concertos No 1 & 2: Diapason d'Or

Alexandre Kantorow released in 2019 Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5 by Saint-Saëns whose "presence, volubility, virtuosity, electricity, and above all the art of making the instrument sing" drew the ear everywhere. This second half of the complete concertos confirms the promises of the first.

April 14, 2022
John smith
Alexandre Kantorow plays Saint-Saëns with a feathery touch and a shimmering timbre.

Kantorow's feather-light touch and lustrous timbre are breathtaking, and nowhere does he feel as if he is showing off his virtuosity.

April 8, 2022
Jeffrey Gantz
Fabulous: Kantorow and Rakitina at BSO

Kantorow sounded phenomenal. [...] This was Kantorow's show, and what a show.

April 8, 2022
Jeremy Eichler
A near instantaneous ovation

With blazing technique and supple musicality, Kantorow was fully equal to the work's show-stopping first movement.

March 24, 2022
Nacho Castellanos
Alexandre Kantorow: 'A society without culture is doomed to extinction'
March 22, 2022
Rafael Ortega Basagoiti
Madrid: Kantorow's brilliant debuts in the cycle of 'Great performers'
March 8, 2022
Patrick Szersnovicz
Brahms recording: Diapason d'Or

His performance, with its remarkable play of light and shadow, goes beyond mere instrumental brilliance to give off an intensity and an irresistible fervour.

February 7, 2022
David Nice
A new brilliance on the London concert scene.

He deserves the fanfares; the virtuosity is breathtaking, the dynamics very fine-tuned, the luminous sound not far off that of the current sensation, Daniil Trifonov.

January 31, 2022
Ivan Hewett
Alexandre Kantorow, poet of the piano

He played the difficulties in an almost careless way, transforming them into pure gesture so they became vehicles of a poetic intention.

January 31, 2022
Rebecca Franks
Intense doesn’t even begin to describe this piano phenomenon.

The whole piano resonated like a great bell, reach with vibrating overtones.

January 29, 2022
Bryce Morrison
An audacious opening to Alexandre Kantorow's London debut recital.

Kantorow is a pianist with a burning mission, reminding you of William Blake's immortal aphorisms: 'exhuberance is beauty'.

January 19, 2022
Michael Beek
Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 by A. Kantorow

Above all, there's a tremendous depth and beauty of tone to Kantorow's playing, amply supported by a wonderfully warm recording.

December 5, 2021
Jed Distler
Brahms/Bach by Alexandre Kantorow

Throughout this Brahms recital, Alexandre Kantorow throws down an epic gauntlet, casting his sights on dynamic and dramatic extremes.

February 1, 2021
Peter Quantrill
Alexandre Kantorow on life after Tchaikovsky Competition

Alexandre Kantorow on the cover of February-March 2021 Pianist issue.

October 22, 2020
Marie-Aude Roux
Alexandre Kantorow embrase la musique

Virtuosité transcendante, vertiges de plans, de couleurs et d’attaques, fulgurance de l’inspiration : beaucoup ne sont pas revenus de l’irrésistible montée en puissance du jeune pianiste.

October 21, 2020
Jeremy Nicholas
Inside Brahms’s Piano Sonata No 2 with Alexandre Kantorow

At the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition, the then 22-year-old became the first French pianist to win the Gold Medal. He was also awarded the Grand Prix, only the second time in the competition’s history that this has been given to a pianist.

October 11, 2020
Patrick Rucker
Alexandre Kantorow: Bartok, Brahms, Liszt

Kantorow is obviously an outstanding pianist and musician with an agile technique that allows him perfect clarity in the most complex textures, abundant sensitivity and refinement.

October 17, 2019
Marc Haegeman
Alexandre Kantorow wows with the Mariinsky orchestra in Antwerp

Allying effortless virtuosity with impeccable musicality, a piano touch and colour palette to die for with an utterly complete involvement in the music and a palpable sense of joy in recreating it.

July 3, 2019
Musicians to watch

A pianist of mesmerizing talent.

June 28, 2019
Alexandre Kantorow is the Winner of 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
June 28, 2019
Ellie Palmer
French pianist Alexandre Kantorow wins GOLD at the International Tchaikovsky Competition
June 1, 2019
Ken Iisaka
Alexandre Kantorow had been unique throughout the competition

Kantorow exhibited his sensibility, remaining keenly attuned to the orchestra, to blend in and to stand out, as the music dictates.