Alexander Kniazev is the worthy successor of Mstislav Rostropovitch and one of Russia’s leading contemporary cellists.
Born in 1961 in Moscow, Alexander Kniazev made his debut in 1978 in Russia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Austria, USA, Japan, Korea, South America and South Africa.
He has performed as a soloist under Evgeny Svetlanov, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Kurt Masur, Yuri Temirkanov, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Neeme Järvi, Maxime Chostakovich, Mikhail Pletnev, Charles Dutoit, Kazuki Yamada; with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborg Symphonic Orchestra, Den Haag Residentie Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra…
He is a regular guest of the festivals of December Nights in Moscow, White Nights in Saint Petersburg, Saint-Denis (France), Folles Journées de Nantes, Nuits du Suquet (France), La Roque d’Anthéron (France) and of the prestigious Tanglewood, Lugano and Salzburg festivals...
In chamber music, he has played with Nikolai Lugansky, Valery Afanassiev, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Kun Woo Paik, Boris Berezovsky, Andrei Korobeinikov, Plamena Mangova, Victor Tretiakov, Mario Brunello, Ivan Monighetti, Boris Berezovsky, Dimitri Makhtin, Jean Guillou and Vadim Repin.
Exceptional musician, Alexandre Kniazev has numerous talents and he is also an organist. In 2017, he was invited to perform in recital on the famous organ of the Paris Cathedral Saint Louis des Invalides. In 1995, Alexandre Kniazev was appointed professor at the Moscow Conservatory and he regularly gives masterclasses in France, Spain and Korea.
Highlights in 2017/2018 includes concertos with the philharmonic orchestras of Monte-Carlo, Saint-Petersburg and Marseille; the symphony orchestras of Innsbruck and of the Russian State; with the Ensemble Kanazawa and the Yokohama Sinfonietta; under the baton of Vladimir Jurovsky, Alexander Sladkovsky, Kazuki Yamada, Lawrence Foster…In chamber music, he performs with Boris Berezovsky, Andreï Korobeinikov, Plamena Mangova, Elena Bashkirova, Nikolaï Lugansky, on the stages of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow as well as the Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic hall and London Wigmore Hall.