Aleksandar Madzar - piano

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artista “The imagination that goes into his playing is reflected in his programming too – this all suggested an artist whose horizons are far wider than those of many of his peers…quite remarkable.” The Guardian

Born in Belgrade in 1968, Aleksandar Madžar began his piano studies with Gordana Matinovic, and with Arbo Valdma at the Belgrade Academy of Music. From 1987 to 1989 he studied with Eliso Virsaladze in Moscow, subsequently with Edouard Mirzoian at the Strasbourg Conservatory and in Brussels with Daniel Blumenthal. Today, he holds professorships at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire, Brussels and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Bern.

In 2007/08 Madžar maintains his schedule of diverse performance activities taking him world wide: celebrating the 250th anniversary of Scarlatti, he focused on this composer in a recital programme in Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music. He also returned to the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and London’s Wigmore Hall in recital and likewise performs at the Miami International Piano Festival, USA.   Under the baton of Andris Nelsons he performed with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the BBC Philharmonic at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival with Michal Dworzynski.     He was guest soloist with the Belcea Quartet in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw with whom he collaborates in the Hamburger Ostertoene Spring Festival 2008.

Other select partnerships are key to Aleksandar Madžar’s current performance schedule. His partnership with violinist Ilya Gringolts sees them next perform a complete Beethoven cycle at the 2008 Verbier Festival and recitals at St Magnus and Cheltenham Festivals.   With Heinrich Schiff he also joins Martin Fröst at the Bodenseefestival.    His partnership with soprano Juliana Banse culminates in an ECM recording in Spring 2008.   In summer 2007, he appeared as guest artist at the East Neuk Festival and at the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s summer festival, run by close chamber music colleague Anthony Marwood

Of his prize in the 1996 Leeds Piano Competition Gerald Larner of The Times described Madžar as 'the most imaginative musician among the 1996 finalists'. The Leeds competition propelled Madžar onto the UK scene where he also became a sought after soloist with the Royal and BBC Philharmonics, BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as throughout Europe and Asia working with Paavo Berglund, Ivan Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Carlos Kalmar, John Nelson, Libor Pesek, André Previn and the late Marcello Viotti.

Aleksandar Madžar has given solo recitals in Berlin (Philharmonie), London, Rome, Florence, Milan, Hamburg, Duisburg and on tour in Japan and in Columbia. He is a regular guest artist at the festivals of Bad Kissingen, Schleswig Holstein, the Ivo Pogorelich Festival at Bad Wörishofen, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Davos, Roque d'Antheron, Salzburg, Sintra and Aldeburgh.

His discography includes the two Chopin piano concertos, with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Dmitri Kitaenko for BMG/Classic FM (1997), for the French label Arion (1999) a disc of Chabrier's music for two pianos and, working regularly with cellist Louise Hopkins, a disc of Elliot Carter, Rachmaninov and Schnittke for the Swedish label Intim Musik.




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