Alexander Toradze is internationally recognized by musicians, critics and audiences alike as a masterful keyboard virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition, distinguished for the highly emotional intensity of his playing. He has enriched the great Russian pianistic heritage with his own boldly unorthodox interpretative conceptions, deeply poetic lyricism and visceral excitement.
During the past seasons, Mr Toradze has appeared with Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra in Dusseldorf and six North American cities, including New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. He rejoined M° Gergiev with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and again with the Kirov Orchestra in London's Barbican Hall. He has also appeared with Esa Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Yukka Pekka Saraste leading the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Gerard Schwarz leading the Seattle Symphony, as well as performances in Hong Kong and Santiago. He also appeared with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm, the Saarbrucken Rundfund-Sinfonieorchester, the Gurzenich Orchester/Kolner Philharmoniker, the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague, the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Orchestre National de France. In Italy he performed with the Filarmonica della Scala (under Myung Wung Chung and Valery Gergiev), the Orchestra Sinfonica di Santa Cecilia, Rome, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Turin (under Valery Gergiev and Gianandrea Noseda). With the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, he gave concerts in Rotterdam, as part of the Gergiev Festival, as well as during the London Proms and in Athens. Summer festivals where he frequently appears include the "White Nights Festival" in St. Petersburg, Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga, Blossom, Waterloo, Concertgebouw, Schleswig-Holstein, the Mikkeli Festival in Finland, the Stresa Festival in Italy.
Mr Toradze has recorded for Angel/EMI. His recording of Prokofiev's 7th Sonata, Ravel's Miroirs and Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit was greeted with acclaim. Mr Toradze has also recorded all five of Prokofiev Concertos for the Philips Classics label with the Kirov Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev as well as Alexander Scrjabin's Prometheus and Stravinski's Piano Concerto, presented with big success at the Salzburg Festival during Summer 2000.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Alexander Toradze graduated in 1978 from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and from 1983 he has been living in the United States and repeatedly appears with virtually every major North American orchestra, including those of New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Washington DC.
He has collaborated with such leading conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Zdenec Macal, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Gerard Schwarz, Klaus Tennstedt and Edo de Waart.
In Europe he appears with the Kirov Orchestra, Moscow State Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk and the Radio Orchestras of the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland.
In August 1991, Alexander Toradze was appointed the Martin Endowed Professor in Piano at Indiana University, South Bend. The members of his multinational piano studio have won honours at prestigious piano competitions and perform with orchestras and in recital series throughout the world. Recent most important performances of the Toradze Piano Studio has included the "Prokofiev Marathon" in St. Petersburg, Edinburgh and Milano, the "Stravinsky Marathon" in Helsinki and Stresa. The Piano Studio presented a Rachmaninov Marathon at Stresa Festival 2000 with the participation of Joseph Horowitz.