Described as Sensitive Pianist (Arts Desk) and also praised for Responsive Music making (Gramophone), Alexander Panfilov is one of the rare artists of his generation, combining extensive solo performance career with passion for all forms of music making.
Just recently he has been named the winner of Top of the World International Piano Competition in Tromsø, Norway, having already scored top prizes at other prestigious contests, such as in Monza, Jaen, Manchester, Hastings, and other.
He has performed in many venues around the globe, most noticeably Carnegie Hall NY, Wigmore Hall and St.Martin-in-the-fields London, Musikverein Vienna, Tonhalle Zurich, Athenaeum Bucharest, Philharmonies of Moscow and St.Petersburg, and many other. As a soloist he played with top orchestras, such as Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, La Verdi Orchestra of Milan, City Orchestra of Granada, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Arctic Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, and others, working with renowned conductors including Vassily Sinaiski, Brian Wright, Theodor Guschlbauer, Gergely Madras, Paul Mann, Carlo Tenan, and Vassily Petrenko, to name just a few. Alexander was a frequent guest at prestigious festivals such as Interlaken Festival, Menuhin and New Year Festivals in Gstaad, Oxford Lieder Festival, Ribble Valley Piano Week, Brighton Festival, and many other. He has broadcast on Radio BBC 3, Radio SRF, Classic FM, Radio Nacional Espana, and National Television of Romania, as well as Medici.tv digital platform. He has recorded a Solo Debut CD for Naxos, several CDs with Chamber Music.
Alexander was born in Moscow and started playing piano aged 6, first at the Gnessin Music School and later at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Andrei Diev. He continued studies under full Scholarship at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music with Graham Scott, and at the Music University of Vienna with Jan Jiracek von Arnim.
Alexander is an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music and a Yeoman of London’s Livery Company or Musicians.