Introducing Aleksandar Madžar, touring soon for Musica Viva
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 in Brussels and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Bern.
His schedule of diverse performance activities takes him world wide: recent engagements have included a recital program in Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Scarlatti, recitals in the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and London’s Wigmore Hall and performances at the Miami International Piano Festival, USA. He has performed with the North-West German Philharmonic Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, with Michal Dworzynski and the BBC Philharmonic at the Cheltenham Festival, and as guest soloist with the Belcea Quartet in the Hamburg Sounds of Easter Spring Festival.
His partnership with violinist Ilya Gringolts has seen them perform a complete Beethoven cycle at the Verbier Festival and give recitals at St Magnus and Cheltenham Festivals. With Heinrich Schiff he joined Martin Fröst at the Bodensee Festival; his collaboration with soprano Juliane Banse has produced a CD recording on the ECM label. He has 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.
His prize in the 1996 Leeds Piano Competition – ‘the most imaginative musician among the finalists’, according to the Times’ Gerald Larner – propelled Aleksandar Madžar onto the UK scene, where he became a sought-after soloist with the Royal and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, 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 Pešek, 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 Colombia. He is a regular guest artist at the Ivo Pogorelich Festival at Bad Wörishofen, the Ruhr Piano Festival and the festivals of Bad Kissingen, Schleswig-Holstein, Davos, Roque d’Anthéron, Salzburg, Sintra and Aldeburgh.
His discography includes the two Chopin piano concertos with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Dmitri Kitaenko for BMG/Classic FM, a disc of Chabrier’s music for two pianos for the French label Arion and, working regularly with cellist Louise Hopkins, a disc of Elliott Carter, Rachmaninoff and Schnittke for the Swedish label Intim Musik.