Born in Moscow, pianist Alexei Lubimov is one of the most strikingly original musicians performing today. His large repertoire combined with his dedication to principle and musical morals make him a notable exception in today’s music scene.
Following studies with Heinrich Neuhaus, Alexei Lubimov established an early dual passion for baroque music performed on traditional instruments and 20th-century composers such as Schönberg, Webern, Stockhausen, Boulez, Ives, Ligeti, Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Silvestrov and Pärt. He has premiered many contemporary works in Russia and founded a music festival there: “Alternativa,” where they are featured. He formed a quartet dedicated to baroque music during the 1970s when international travel became impossible. While performing old and new music, however, Alexei Lubimov has continued to be an outstanding performer of classical and romantic repertoire as his many recordings show.
As political restrictions were lifted in Russia during the 1980s, Alexei Lubimov emerged among the first rank of international pianists giving concerts in Europe, North America and Japan. He has appeared with such orchestras such as the Helsinki-, Israel-, Munich-, St. Petersburg, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic in London, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Phil. de Radio France, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, Toronto Symphony and New York’s Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra under the most important international conductors: Ashkenazy, Järvi, Kondrashin, Hogwood, Mackerras, Nagano, Norrington, Saraste, Salonen, Janovski and Tortelier. He has given historic performances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Collegium Vocale Gent, Wiener Akademie and Musica Angelica. In the world of chamber music, he performs regularly with famous soloists and ensembles at festivals throughout the world.
In recent seasons he has given concerts with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra in Moscow and the Tonkünstlerorchester (2 concerts in the Great Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein) as well as innumerable solo recitals. He toured with the Haydn Sinfonietta playing Mozart concertos and played Mozart with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Robert King, Haydn with the Camerata Salzburg under Sir Roger Norrington in New York, Pärt’s Lamentate with RSO Vienna under Andrey Boreyko at the Musikverein and with the Tampere Philharmonic. Other highlights include performances of Prometeus by Scriabin at the Salzburg Festival and in Copenhagen and performances with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment (Beethoven), Munich Philharmonic (Silvestrov), SWR Stuttgart (Pärt), DSO Berlin (Pärt), Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Pärt), Anima Eterna Brugge and Russian National Orchestra. Alexei Lubimov has become a frequent performer in New York City, where he appeared at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, in solo recitals and collaborations with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. In July 2015 he returned to Lincoln Center for a recital at the Mostly Mozart Festival.
His recordings have been issued on Melodia, Harmonia Mundi, Linn, Erato, BIS and Sony featuring the complete Mozart sonatas, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms as well as music of the 20th century. He has recorded regularly for ECM, producing some unusual CDs of particular note: Der Bote, with music of Liszt, Glinka and CPE Bach alongside John Cage and Tigran Mansurian; Arvo Pärt's Lamentate with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony; Messe Noir, with music of Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Scriabin; Misterioso with music of Silvestrov, Pärt and Ustvolskaya; the complete Debussy Preludes and John Cage As It Is with the singer Natalia Pschenitschnikova, released in 2012 His recordings of Schubert's Complete Impromptus, Beethoven's Three last Sonatas, Mozart's Complete Two-piano pieces (with Yuri Martynov) and Haydn's Seven Last Words in the keyboard version - all on historical instruments - were released between 2009-2014 on ZZT/Outhere France.