L. van Beethoven: Coriolan, overture in C minor, op. 62
F. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op.21
H. Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras št. 4
I. Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (version from 1919)
Alexander Gadjiev is considered to be one of the most successful Gorizian-Slovenian pianists of the younger generation. He has won numerous awards, and music critics always use superlatives when describing his technique and virtuosity. Gadjiev first performed as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of nine, and held his first solo recital aged ten. At the age of 17 he graduated with the highest grade and a distinction from the state conservatory in Cesena. He continued his education at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and currently attends the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. The path of his musical career took a new turn in 2015 following his victory at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, where the president of the jury was Martha Argerich. Since then he has performed regularly in Europe, Japan and different festivals throughout the world. Last December he recorded an enviable achievement by becoming the first Slovenian to reach the final of the prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and winning second place. Gadjiev also won the Special Krystian Zimerman Prize for the Best Performance of a sonata. At the 5th Winter Festival he will play Chopin’s Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 in F-minor with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ricardo Castro. He was the first Brazilian conductor to be awarded honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society.