Piano

Alexander Lonquich

Alexander Lonquich

Alexander Lonquich was born in Trier, Germany. In 1977 he won first prize in the Casagrande Piano Competition dedicated to Schubert. Since then he has performed concerts in Japan, the United States and the principal European music centres.

During his career he has worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Kurt Sanderling, Ton Koopman, Emmanuel Krivine, Heinz Holliger and Marc Minkowski An outstanding example of this is the relationship that he has maintained with Sandor Vègh and the Camerata Salzburg, with which he is still a regular guest in the capacity of conductor-soloist.

His performances play an important role in the field of chamber music. Alexander Lonquich has had the opportunity to collaborate with artists of the calibre of Christian Tetzlaff, Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Heinrich Schiff, Isabelle Faust, Carolin Widmann, Jörg Widmann, Boris Pergamenschikov, Heinz Holliger and Frank Peter Zimmermann.
He has received recognition on numerous occasions from international critics, which has taken the form, for example, of the Diapason d’Or, the Abbiati Prize and the Edison Prize in Holland.

In 2003 Alexander Lonquich formed a piano duo with his wife Cristina Barbuti, and they have played together in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and the USA. He also appears frequently in his concerts in the dual role of pianist and fortepiano player, performing works ranging from C.P.E. Bach to Schumann and Chopin, whose F minor Concerto he has recorded on an Erard piano with Philippe Herreweghe for the Frederick Chopin Institute.
In the role of conductor-soloist, Alexander Lonquich regularly collaborates with the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova - with whom in particular he carried out a programme of research and study between 2004 and 2007 on Mozart's complete concertos for piano and orchestra. He has also worked with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie, the Camerata Salzburg, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre des Champs Elysées and the Filarmonica della Scala of Milan, among others.
In the spring of 2009 he worked on a particularly noteworthy project with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai in which, in five separate concerts, all the Schubert symphonies and all the Beethoven piano concertos were performed.

He performs regularly for the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, with which he has also worked as a conductor/soloist since the 2011/2012 season.

After making recordings for EMI of works by Mozart, Schumann and Schubert, he began a collaboration with ECM, recording music by the Israeli composer Gideon Lewensohn and a CD of French piano music from the early twentieth century, with Fauré's Improptus, Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit and Messiaen's Préludes. Recently, also for ECM, he has recorded Schumann's Kreisleriana and the Partita by Holliger, and a CD entirely dedicated to Schubert, with Carolin Widmann.

Alongside his concert engagements, Alexander Lonquich has worked intensively over the years in teaching and giving masterclasses in Europe, the United States and Australia. He has also worked with the Imola Piano Academy, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and the Hochschule für Musik of Cologne.

Since 2014 Alexander Lonquich has been Principal Conductor of the OTO (Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza), with which he also performs each season as a soloist, contributing to the training of young musicians and the expansion of the ensemble's repertoire.

In the 2015/16 season he was Artist in Residence with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester (North German Radio Orchestra).

In 2013, in his home in Florence together with his wife Cristina, he created Kantoratelier, a small theatrical space where the subjects that he cares about - psychology, music and theatre - are explored through laboratories, seminars and concerts.

 

September 2016