Alexander Kobrin was born in 1980 in Moscow, Russia. He started playing the piano aged 5 and realising just how gifted he was, his parents enrolled him at the world-famous Gnessin's Special School of Music. He completed his studies there with professor Tatiana Zelikman, went on to further his skills at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire with professor Lev Naumov, completing his post-graduate studies aged 23.
Alexander Kobrin is the winner of numerous international piano competitions - notably the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He also won top prizes at the Neigauz, Busoni, Hamamatsu, Glasgow, Caltanissetta, and the Warsaw Chopin International Competitions, as well as receiving numerous special awards for his brilliant technique and musicality, and for emotionally engaging with the audience though music.
Since receiving the prestigious Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2005, Kobrin solidified his reputation with an outstanding first tour of the United States, followed by further debuts at La Roque d'Antheron, Ravinia Festival, Beethoven Easter Festival, Hannover Prize winners Series, Turner Sims and at the renowned Klavier-Festival Ruhr.
He has collaborated with many major orchestras such as New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Berliner Simphony, Chicago Sinfonietta and many others.
His recent and upcoming engagements include a German tour with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Munich, Frankfurt and Dortmund; Swedish Radio Symphony with Juraj Valcuha; Ulster Orchestra with Kenneth Montgomery; Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin with Ludovic Morlot; Warsaw Philharmonic with Eiji Oue; KBS Symphony Orchestra with Claus Peter Flor; BBC Symphony Orchestra with Krzysztof Urbanski; Phoenix Symphony with Michael Christie; the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras.
Alexander Kobrin's debut with the New York Philharmonic at both the Avery Fisher Hall and for the inaugural concert of the Bethel Woods Arts Centre was hugely successful, with critics writing about his "lyricism, which he couched in a thoughtfully shaped, singing line. … When he addressed the barnstorming passages on their own terms, he did so with a steely edge and ample — if thoroughly controlled — force".