Alexander Soares, UK

SoaresArtist Profile:

Praised as a pianist of “huge intensity” (The Telegraph), Alexander Soares is developing a reputation as an artist of formidable technique and virtuosity, with performances of “diamond clarity and authority” (BBC Radio 3). His performance and BBC Radio 3 broadcast at the Barbican Centre received widespread critical acclaim in the press, described as a “brilliantly unbuttoned account” (The Sunday Times) and “most memorable of all” (The Financial Times). In 2015 he was awarded 1st prize and Gold Medal in the prestigious Royal Overseas League Competition, and was selected as a City Music Foundation Artist. He has performed in the Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall and across Europe. His first album will be recorded in 2016. Alexander graduated with first class honours from University of Cambridge, and holds a doctorate from Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has greatly benefitted from the guidance of pianists including Ronan O’Hora, Richard Goode and Stephen Kovacevich. For more information see www.alexander-soares.com

Program Selections:

SEMIFINAL ROUND I

D’Anglebert Unmeasured Prelude in G Minor

Boulez 12 Notations

Beethoven Sonata in E-flat Major, Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’

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SEMIFINAL ROUND II

Liszt Annés de Pèlerinage II Italie Sposalizio

Messiaen Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus Regard de l’Esprit de Joie

FINAL ROUND

Scarlatti Sonata in F Minor K.466

Carter Rétrouvailles

Chopin Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op.61

Dutilleux Sonata, Op.1

Allegro con moto

Lied

Choral et variations