Alexander Panfilov was born in Moscow in 1989 and studied piano at the Gnessin School for gifted children and later Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Andrei Diev. He had then obtained a Postgraduate Degree and an International Artist Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, under the supervision of Graham Scott, where he was awarded a Gold Medal for the highest achievement in performance.

Alexander Panfilov gave a debut Solo Recital for Moscow Philharmonic Society in 2010 and just a year later already debuted at Carnegie Weill Hall NY. He has since then performed around the world, other notable venues including Musikverein Vienna, Tonhalle Zurich, Wigmore Hall London, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Moscow Conservatory and St Petersburg Philharmonic Halls. As a soloist with Orchestra he debuted in 2010 with Belarussian State Philharmonic, and had then performed with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, La Verdi Orchestra Milan, Carlo Coccia Orchestra, City Orchestra of Granada, Manchester Camerata, Musikkollegium Winterthur, etc., working with conductors such as Vassily Sinaisky, Brian Wright, Paul Mann, Carlo Tenan, Gergely Madaras, Alessandro Ferrari, Andrei Galanov, and Vasily Petrenko, amongst others. 

He is regularly invited to appear in festivals, which to day include Menuhin festival Gstaad, Interlaken Festival, Schwarzwald Music Festival, Ribble Valley Piano Week, Ulverston Festival, Deal Arts Festival, and Rye arts festival. His performances were broadcast live on Radio Nacional Espana, Radio BBC 3, Classic FM, Radio SRF, and Medici TV. In 2016 Alexander recorded a debut CD with music by Mussorgsky, Debussy, Albeniz, and Seco de Arpe, for Naxos. He is a keen chamber musician and recorded Chamber Music for Toccata and Genuin.

Alexander is a laureate of Numerous International Piano competitions, including Minsk 2010 (2nd Prize), IBLA 2010 (Grand Prize), Barletta 2012 (2nd Prize), Taranto 2013 (1st Prize), Brant Birmingham 2013 (1st Prize), Vercelli 2013 (3rd Prize), James Mottram 2014 (1st Prize), Premio Accademia Roma 2015 (First Prize), Hastings 2015 (First Prize), Jaen 2016 (First Prize), Rina Sala Gallo 2016 (First Prize), Harbin 2018 (2nd Prize), and Enescu Competition 2018 (Third Prize).

His vast repertoire spans an array of styles from Baroque to the 21st century and includes over 20 piano concertos.