Alexander Vershinin is a Russian pianist, professor of Moscow Conservatory (Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky). Winner of I International Competition for Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz and recipient of special award for “Best Russian music interpretation”, award winner of XI Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (Salt Lake City).
Graduated with honors from Moscow Conservatory and post-graduate studies following which he was appointed to a professorship. During the course of 20 years he holds two university chairs. Starting from 2009 he is also a professor in Sakuyo University in Japan.
Engaged in teaching he is doing many workshops in Russia and abroad along with performing activity – he takes part in many international festivals and tours the world playing in: Montpellier, Guebwiller, Reims (France), MIDEM festival in Cannes (France), Kitakyushu (Japan), Germany, US, South Korea etc.
The performer`s repertoire includes pieces of music of different genres: from classic music pieces to jazz adaptations and improvisations including works of Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Ravel, Debussy, Rachmaninov.
The pianist gives special consideration to Skryabin`s work: he performs practically all the latest pieces of music written by the composer – five latest sonatas and pianoforte part of symphonic poem “Prometheus: the poem of fire”. Starting from 2001 Vershinin is a member of Skryabin International Music Society.
The musician`s professional interests are very wide: apart from solo performances he often works with orchestras and bands, his duet with a cello player Denis Shapovalov (winner of the First Tchaikovsky International competition) was highly appraised by Mistislav Raspropovich.
Alexander Vershinin is the author and art director of many new ingenious projects: crossover World Fusion Project, “Classic & JAZZ”, classic series “Historic concerts”. We should put a special focus on his new work “The Fairytales Suite” that undoubtedly draws attention and gains recognition from the general public as well as from music society.
The musician has many live recordings made at the radio stations in Russia, Radio France, NY Public Radio, French TV channels Mezzo and La Cinquième and Japanese channel NHK. Many classic music and improvisation records have been released.
An outstanding CD “Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach” is due to be released soon. Alexander Vershinin is working on the record with one of the most prominent performers in Russian rock-music, guitarist Andrey Zvonkov (current member of B-2 band). This ambitious project will undoubtedly draw attention of classic music connoisseurs as well as rock music fans due to its fresh approach, detailed study of the original work, unusual format and many creative discoveries that the musicians are keeping secret as yet.