SENIOR PROFESSORS :
Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev is one of the world’s most highly regarded artists. His critically praised recitals on the world’s leading concert stages and his concert appearances with the most prestigious orchestras have secured his position as one of “the most remarkable pianists of the day” (Daily Telegraph).
He has performed in all major concert halls around the world and has performed with all leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the five London orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic and the Munich Bavarian Radio Orchestra amongst others. He has worked with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Boulez, Dorati, Gergiev, Giulini, Jansons, Muti, Pappano, Rozhdestvensky, Salonen, Svetlanov, Temirkanov, Tilson Thomas and Klaus Tennstedt amongst many others.
Alexeev has made many fine recordings for EMI, BMG, Virgin Classics, Hyperion and Russian labels. His discs include piano concertos by Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Medtner and solo works by Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev. His recording of the complete Chopin Mazurkas was released in 2014. A recording that Gramophone Magazine referred to as “one of the best recordings of the Chopin Mazurkas that have appeared in the past three-quarters of a century – one of the best alongside those of Rubinstein and Yakov Flier.“
Alexeev has been a juror for many of the world’s most prestigious International Piano Competitions, including the Leeds, Chopin (Warsaw), Van Cliburn, Santander, Beethoven (Vienna) and Tchaikovsky (Moscow) International Piano Competition. He regularly gives masterclasses around the world. Alexeev became Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music in 2005. Many of his past and current students are top prize winners at major international piano competitions such as the Leeds, Tchaikovsky, Liszt (Utrecht), Viotti, Sydney, Santander, Scottish, Dublin and Maria Canals International Piano Competition to name a few.
Jacques Rouvier was born in Marseilles (France). He comes from a musical family and began his musical training at the age of four. When he was fourteen he completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Marseille with the highest marks and first prize in the piano section and then went on to continue his piano studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris (CNSM). His teachers included Aline van Barentzen, Jean Hubeau, Jean Fassina, Vlado Perlemuter and Pierre Sancan. Jacques Rouvier also received important insights for his musical development from various eminent personalities such as Gyorgy Sebok, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jose Iturbi and others.
He won prizes in major international competitions such as second prize at the Maria Canals Piano Competition (no first prize was awarded), first prize at the Viotti Piano Competition in Vercelli and the special prize of the Fondation de la Vocation. Jacques Rouvier was also a finalist in the ARD Competition in Munich (in the section chamber music) and in 1970 he founded a trio, together with Jean Jacques Kantorow (violin) and Philippe Müller (cello) and he was also the winner of the Third Grand Prix of the Marguerite Long Piano Competition in Paris.
He began his teaching activity at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris in 1977. He was given a titular professorship in 1982. He also taught at the CNR Marseilles and from 2006 was guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Among his most eminent graduates are Arcadi Volodos, Hélène Grimaud, David Fray, David Kadouch, Philippe Giusiano (second prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw), Frank Braley (first prize at the Reine Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and professor at the CNSMDP).
Besides his activity as a teacher and jury member at major international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Marguerite Long in Paris, the Leeds Piano Competition, Igancy Jan Paderewsky Competition, Rubinstein Competition, Chopin Competition Warsaw, Santander, Dublin, Geneva, Montreal, Hamamatsu, Sendai, etc., Jacques Rouvier regularly gives concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and Asia.
Jacques Rouvier is professor of piano at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.
JUNIOR PROFESSORS :
Ilya Maximov is the winner of the G.B. Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy. He has a wide range of repertoire starting from early classics to modern composers, while Russian piano music always had a special place in his concert career.
He performed at the world’s most esteemed concert halls and festivals in Europe, Asia and America including Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Salle Cortot in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Chamber Hall of Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Morinomiye Piloti Hall in Osaka, Suginami Kokaido in Tokyo, Esplanade Hall in Singapore, Theatre A. Roldán in Havana and La Sapienza in Rome.
He regularly performs as a soloist and with various orchestras such as Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra, Wuhan Symphonic Orchestra, Singapore Youth Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra Simfònica del Valles, Ural state symphony orchestra, Havana National Symphonic Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra among others. He collaborated with such conductors as Justus Franz, James P Liu, Misha Katz, Dmitry Yablonsky, Darrell Ang, and James Ross.
Ilya Maximov is a top prizewinner at more than fifteen international competitions, including Maria Canals International Piano competition (Spain), Hilton Head International Piano Competition (USA), Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition (Spain) and at the Scottish International Piano Competition. In 2011 he has received the Public prize at Musical Olympus festival in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Maximov graduated from Conservatorio Superior del Liceu in Barcelona, Royal College of Music in London and Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg where he studied with a renowned pianists and pedagogues Stanislav Pochekin, Dmitri Alexeev and Pavel Gililov. Alongside his solo career Ilya Maximov teaches at Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg.
Chinese pianist Jianing Kong has performed to great critical acclaim throughout the UK, Continental Europe and Asia. He is a prizewinner of many of the most prestigious international piano competitions such as the 2008 Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition, 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition, 2013 Valsesia International Piano Competition, 2014 Scottish International Piano Competition, and the 2015 Santander Piano Competition. He was a finalist at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, where also won the Ignaz Friedman best semi-final recital prize and the best Mozart concerto prize.
As a concerto soloist, Jianing has appeared with the Halle Orchestra, Sydney Symphoney Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre Wollone, Orquesta Sinfónica de Radiotelevisión Espanõla, Scottish National Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Dominican Republic. In 2008, Jianing gave the world-premier of Harris Kittos’ Vessel Tale in collaboration with the RCM Sinfonietta, and he was also invited to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto under Paul Daniel at the Royal Festival Hall, as part of the Purcell School’s Fifty Years Anniversary Gala concert.
During the last season, Jianing gave several much acclaimed tours in Spain, performing in major concert venues in Madrid, Seville, Córdoba, Santander, Bilbao. Jianing also returns to his home country regularly, both performing and giving masterclasses at prestigious conservatories in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Chengdu. Most recently, he has completed a highly successful tour in New Zealand, as well as embarking on a epic project of recording the complete Beethoven sonatas ahead of the commemoration of composer’s 250th birth Anniversary in 2020.
Apart from a busy performing schedule, Jianing has joined the piano faculty at the Purcell School in 2011, and is now a professor of piano and holds his own class at the Royal College of Music.