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Alexander Toradze

Instrumentalists — Piano

Alexander Toradze


— Piano

Toradze is also a pianist of unconventional intelligence, range and creativity. If that meant adding all sorts of dynamic tricks and manners to Prokofiev's already fiendish score, then the fact that he could play nearly all the notes won him that license.
The Arts Desk, London - April, 2015

His [Prokofiev’s] character, even more so his groundbreaking innovation, was expressed perfectly in Toradze’s version. His [Toradze’s] technique was absolutely incontestable, with clear and clean fingering, perfect control of dynamics and a rich color, both in the more percussive moments and the most transparent ones of the concerto.
El Pais, Madrid - May, 2015

"...Alexander Toradze, the firebrand soloist in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor...(Royal Albert Hall, London Symphony) plays as a man possessed, as if umbilically attached to the instrument, which in his hands becomes as varied and expressive as a full orchestra.He and Gergiev, veteran partners in the Prokofiev concertos, proved powerful advocates for a work that can sound merely mechanistic but here seemed a feat of human and musical endeavour. Georgian-born Toradze made light of its ferocious virtuosity, bringing sumo weight to the left hand while persuading the fingers of the right to dance with mercurial velocity. The audience roared approval..."
The Guardian, London - August, 2007

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Alexander Toradze is universally recognized as a masterful virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition. With his unorthodox interpretations, deeply poetic lyricism, and intense emotional excitement, he lays claim to his own strong place in the lineage of the great Russian pianists. Mr. Toradze's recordings of all five Prokofiev concertos with Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra for the Philips label are acclaimed by critics as “historically the best on record."

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