Born in Hamburg in 1989, German pianist Alexander Krichel has established himself as one of the most promising and thoughtful young pianists. A recording artist for Sony Classical, his first recital disc has won the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ ECHO Klassik award in 2013. Following this, Krichel released a number of critically acclaimed recordings, including Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Dresden Philharmonic under Michael Sanderling and ‘Miroirs’, an album of solo works by Maurice Ravel. In February 2019, his fifth album “An die ferne Geliebte” (‘To the distant beloved’) was released on Sony Classical and directly climbed the top 5 German classical bestseller charts. It contains works of Beethoven, Schumann, Kreisler and Wagner.
Krichel has already played his débuts with orchestras such as the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antonio Méndez, as well as the Tokyo and Kyoto Symphony Orchestras and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.
Furthermore, he performed with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Festival Strings Lucerne, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional de Venezuela. Also, he is frequently invited to tour Japan, China, Mexico, South Africa and the United States of America. In early spring 2019, Krichel played a 30 concert tour which led him through Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
A keen chamber musician and sought-after soloist, he held recitals all over the world and works with artists like Jonathan Nott, Andrew Litton, Rolando Villazón, Klaus Florian Vogt, Juliane Banse, the Amaryllis String Quartet and Matthias Höfs.
Krichel became a pre student at Hamburg University of Music and Drama at the age of 15. From 2007, he continued his studies with the legendary Vladimir Krainev at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. He has also studied with Dmitri Alexeev at Royal College of Music in London, completing his studies in June 2016 with highest distinction. From 2012 to 2015, Krichel was part of the stART programme for young artists at Bayer Kultur. He is also a scholarship holder of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, the Berenberg Bank Foundation, PE Förderungen and the Otto Group.
Away from the piano, Krichel has a passion for mathematics, science and foreign languages. He also promotes projects that encourage children’s and teenagers‘ approach towards classical music