Alexander Lonquich - Piano
Born in Trier, Germany, Alexander Lonquich is recognized as one of the most important interpreters of his generation, as soloist, chamber musician and conductor. He currently performs worldwide, in Japan, United States, Australia as well as at the most important European music centres, regular guest of prestigious festivals, such as Salzburg Festival, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Lucerne Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Lockenhaus, Cheltenham Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Beethovenfest in Bonn and Warsaw.
Alexander Lonquich’s performances in the double role of soloist & conductor are hailed by the international media and audiences: he regularly appears with Camerata Salzburg, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Münchener Kammerorchester, hr Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Kammerorchester Basel, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai in Turin, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova.
Lonquich has been most successfully soloist of the Wiener Philharmoniker, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala Theatre in Milan, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, to name a few. He played under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Yuri Bashmet, Philippe Herreweghe, Heinz Holliger, Ton Koopman, Emmanuel Krivine, Mark Minkowski, Kurt Sanderling, Sándor Végh.
He is also profoundly committed to chamber music and regularly plays with partners such as Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang, Heinz Holliger, Sabine Meyer, Christian Tetzlaff, Carolin Widmann, Jörg Widmann, Tabea Zimmermann, the Artemis Quartet and many others.
In 2002, with his wife Cristina Barbuti he formed a piano duo that has performed in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and the USA.
Alexander Lonquich’s solo recordings for EMI, dedicated to Mozart, Schumann and Schubert, have received the highest critical acclaim and prizes ranging from the “Diapason d’Or” to the “Edison Prize”.
Various CDs have been released by ECM Records, among other music by Israeli composer Gideon Lewensohn, the French piano music CD “Plainte calme” (Fauré, Ravel, Messiaen), which received the highest recognition from the international press, piano solo works by Schumann (Kreisleriana) and Heinz Holliger (Partita), and recently a duo CD with the violinist Carolin Widmann entirely dedicated to Schubert.
In 2016, his new CD recording of Schumann’s piano concert pieces with Heinz Holliger and the WDR Sinfonieorchester was released by Audite Records.
Highlights of the past seasons were successful tours through Europe as soloist and conductor with the Camerata Salzburg, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, as well as a cycle of Beethoven‘s 5 piano concertos with the Münchener Kammerorchester and his Residence in 2015/16 season at the NDR Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg. He is currently Artist in Residence 2016/17 at the Prague Spring Festival.
In 2013 he created in his own house in Florence, with his wife Cristina, “Kantoratelier”, a small theater space where the themes dear to them - related to psychology, music and theater - are depth through workshops, seminars and concerts.
Raising a wave of enthusiasm, Lonquich spreads the joy of making music and animates to the highest concentration (Die Welt, 2016)
Perfekte Interpretation! Der Pianist Alexander Lonquich lehrt uns das Staunen. (Ruhr Nachrichten)
Thrilling energy, maximum elasticity of touch, precision of attack, concentration on every detail while aware of the whole, a fine sense of tempo and nuance […] (Hospodářské noviny)
Both as pianist and as conductor, Lonquich created something incredible: his charismatic musicianship, his evocative personality lifted the musicians and the audience into a higher sphere – the unfathomable realm of music. (Harmonia Humana)