Born in the Hanseatic port of Hamburg, pianist Alexander Krichel feels himself strongly drawn to Russian repertoire. He mastered his art with two of the greatest Russian pianists of modern times: in Hanover, as Vladimir Krainev’s last student; and at the Royal College of Music in London, with Dmitri Alexeev. The double ECHO Klassik prizewinner made his presence felt on the music scene with unusual activities during the long Corona lockdown. In August 2020, he initiated the first drive-in concert, which was broadcast by WDR. Soon after that, his audience was following him on a video diary from a Hong Kong hotel suite, in which he had to observe a 14-day period of quarantine before a concert.
All the greater, then, the relief felt by Alexander Krichel that like other artists, he can again communicate live with his audience, most recently in a concert for Bavarian Radio (BR), where he was able to perform Mussorgsky’s “Pictures of an Exhibition”. The listeners were delighted, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung credited Krichel with “an unfailing sense of piano timbre. Not all great pianists have that sense. But the truly great ones, they possess it.”