Alexei Lubimov Pianist
Born in Moscow in 1944, Alexei Lubimov is one of the most strikingly original and outstanding pianists performing today. His large repertoire combined with his dedication to principle and musical morals make him a notable exception in today’s music scene. Following studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Heinrich Neuhaus, Lubimov early in life established a dual passion for Baroque music performed on traditional instruments and for 20th century composers ranging from Schönberg, Stockhausen, Boulez, Ives and Ligeti, to his contemporaries Sofia Gubaidulina and Arvo Pärt. He first attracted notice with his compelling performances of modern scores, and in 1968 played the Moscow debuts of works by John Cage and Terry Riley. He premiered many 20th century pieces in Russia, where Soviet authorities heavily criticized his commitment to Western music and prevented him from leaving the Soviet Union for several years. So Lubimov concentrated on working with period (original) instruments of the 16th and 17th centuries, and founded the Moscow Baroque Quartet and the Moscow Chamber Academy, as well as the avant-garde music festival "Alternativa" in 1988. He continues to perform both "old" and "new" music on his many recordings, and also records classical and romantic repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Political restrictions were lifted during the 1980’s, and Lubimov soon emerged among the first rank of international pianists, performing on tour in Europe, North America and Japan. He made his U.S. debut in 1991 as soloist with Andrew Parrott and his Classical Band in New York. Lubimov has since played piano concerti with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with the Philharmonics of Helsinki, Israel, Munich and St. Petersburg, the Royal Philharmonic in London, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonie de Radio France, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, and the Toronto Symphony. He has performed with the world’s most important international conductors, including Ashkenazy, Järvi, Kondrashin, Hogwood, Mackerras, Nagano, Norrington, Pletnev, Saraste, Salonen, Janovski and Tortelier. Alexei Lubimov has given historic performances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Wiener Akademie and the Collegium Vocale Gent. His renowned chamber music partners are Andreas Staier, Natalia Gutman, Peter Schreier, Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, Ivan Monighetti, and Wieland Kuijken.
In recent seasons Alexei Lubimov has given numerous solo recitals and concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow and the Tonkünstlerorchester in the Great Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein. He toured with the Haydn Sinfonietta playing Mozart concertos, played Mozart with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Robert King, Haydn with the Camerata Salzburg under Sir Roger Norrington in New York, and Pärt’s Lamentate with the RSO Vienna under Andrey Boreyko at the Musikverein and with the Tampere Philharmonic under John Storgards. He performed Prometeus by Scriabin at the 2010 Salzburg Festival and in Copenhagen, and played concertos with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment (Beethoven), Munich Philharmonic (Silvestrov), SWR Stuttgart (Pärt), DSO Berlin (Pärt), Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Pärt), Anima Eterna Brugge and Russian National Orchestra. In 2010 he played recitals in Brussels, Utrecht, Budapest, Lille, London, Los Angeles and New York City, where he returned in 2011 for performances with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under conductor Ivan Fischer.
Alexei Lubimv’s numerous recordings include piano duets with Andreas Staier on Teldec, a much praised recording of the complete Mozart piano sonatas (on fortepiano) on Erato and a series of unusual recordings on ECM. His recordings have been issued on the Melodia, Erato, BIS, Sony. ECM and Harmonia Mundi labels, with repertoire by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Brahms, as well as music of the 20th century. Since 2003 he has recorded regularly for ECM, producing CDs of particular note: Der Bote, with music of Liszt, Glinka and CPE Bach alongside John Cage and Tigran Mansurian; Arvo Pärt's Lamentate with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony; Messe Noir with music of Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Scriabin; and Misteriosos with music of Silvestrov, Ustvolskaya and Pärt. ECM New Music will release his recording of Debussy Preludes in July 2012.