Alexander Knyazev – Cello
Moscow-born Alexander Knyazev began studying cello at age six with Alexander Fedorchenko, graduating from the Moscow Conservatory in 1986. His prizes include the Vilnius National, Cassado International (Trapani, Italy), Tchaikovsky International (Moscow), and UNISA International (Pretoria) competitions. He has performed with leading orchestras such as the Gothenberg Symphony, Royal Philharmonic (London), BBC Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Vienna Symphony and St. Petersburg Philharmonic orchestras, under world famous conductors including Temirkanov, Masur, Rostropovich, Pletnev, N. Järvi, Dutoit, Bashmet and Fedoseyev. Among his chamber music collaborators are Kissin, Berezovsky, Matsuev, Engerer, Mangova, Repin, Spivakov, Dumay and the Pražák Quartet. He has performed in prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe, and was named ‘Musician of the Year 1999’ by Russian Radio 1. Knyazev also studied the organ at the Novgorod Conservatory, and has a growing reputation as a concert performer.