Alexei Lubimov

Univ.Prof. i.R.
Pianist Alexei Lubimov was born in Moscow in 1944 and began his musical training at the central music school of his home town; from 1963 he studied at the Moscow Conservatory as one of the last pupils of Heinrich Neuhaus. Even then Lubimov aroused attention in musical circles because of the broad range of his repertoire from Baroque to contemporary music.

He gave his first concert in 1968 of works by John Cage and Terry Riley. In the following years he gave the first performances in the Soviet Union of several 20th century works, for instance piano compositions by Schoenberg, Webern, Stockhausen, Boulez, Ives and Ligeti. Lubimov also frequently continued to play works by Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Silvestrov and Pärt. It was only logical therefore that Alexei Lubimov became the founder and artistic director of the avant-garde musical festival Alternativa. In the former Soviet Union the artist`s commitment to contemporary western music was not uncontroversial and ideological criticism culminated in a seven-year long ban on him leaving the country.

1987 marked the beginning of Alexei Lubimov`s international career and ever since he has given many concerts in the USA, Europe and Japan. He attaches equal importance to giving solo recitals as well as performing in orchestral concerts with major symphonic orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic London, the Russian National Orchestra, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Toronto Symphony and the Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester Berlin. His partners were several renowned conductors.

As mentioned already Alexei Lubimov feels a particular commitment to performing contemporary music by Russian composers. Particular reference must be made to two artistic personalities: Valentin Silvestrov (a recording of orchestral works has been issued by Sony) and Alexander Nemtin, who has devoted a great part of his creativity to an idea by Skriabin existing in fragmentary form. Nemtin composed an orchestral cycle in three parts which was given its first full performance in Helsinki in February 1997.

Over 30 recordings by Alexei Lubimov have been issued on LP and CD by Melodia, Erato, BIS, Sony, ECM, with programmes ranging from the complete Mozart sonatas to works by Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms as well as 20th century compositions. The most recent issue by ECM, Der Bote (2002), received enthusiastic critical and public acclaim.

Alexei Lubimov has been professor of piano and fortepiano at the Mozarteum University since 1999.