Korsantia Alexander, piano
Ever since winning the First Prize and Gold Medal of the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and the First Prize at the Sidney International Piano Competition, Alexander Korsantia’s career has taken him to many of the world’s major concert halls, collaborating with renowned conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach and Paavo Jarvi and orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Kirov Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic. Recent seasons brought him to the Cincinnati Symphony, Pacific, Louisville, Oregon, Vancouver, Omaha and Elgin symphonies, a summer stint with the Israel Philharmonic where he performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and the 2nd Brahms piano concerto nine times, Israel Chamber Orchestra with Beethoven’s fourth, fifth and early E flat major concerto. In Europe he was heard in Germany on tour with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse performing Chopin’s 2nd piano concerto, RAI Orchestra in Turin performing Rachmaninoff’s third concerto, Kirov Orchestra with Gergiev conducting with Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on the Theme of Paganini, Oslo Philharmonic with Dvorak concerto, British Youth Orchestra with Noseda conducting with Stravinsky concerto, Polish Radio Orchestra as well as with the Noeburg Chamber Orchestra. In August 2008 he has toured Brazil with Israel Symphony Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s second concerto. He also gave recitals at the Festival Piano Jacobins in Toulouse, Calgary, San Francisco, Lodz, and his hometown, Tbilisi, Georgia. Current and coming seasons are taking Korsantia to Brazil, Europe, US, Israel and other places. Other noteworthy engagements have included a televised performance of Rachmaninov's piano concerto no. 3 at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg; performances at the Stresa Festival in Italy under the baton of Yuri Bashmet; concerts at the Newport, Tanglewood, Vancouver, Gilmore festivals; concerts with the symphony orchestras of Louisville, Brazil, Bogota, Jerusalem and the City of Birmingham, the Georgian State Orchestra, the Kirov Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and others. He has also participated in a United States recital tour with renowned violinist Vadim Repin. Bel Air Music has released live recordings of Korsantia on a double CD in 2008. Enjoying great popularity in Georgia, his country of birth, in 2004 he was awarded one of the most prestigious national awards, the Medal of Honor, bestowed on him by then President, Eduard Shevardnadze. In 2003 National TV released a full-length documentary about him.Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Alexander Korsantia began his musical studies at an early age. Among his mentors are his mother, Sventlana Korsantia and Tengiz Amiredjibi, Georgia’s foremost piano instructor. In 1992, he moved his family to the United States and joined the famed piano studio of fellow Georgian, Alexander Toradze, at Indiana University. Korsantia resides in Boston where he is a Professor of Piano on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.