Symphony in action

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra kicks off the year in high form Sunday with its first concert of the season featuring world-renowned piano player Alexey Chernov.

Born in 1982, Chernov began studying music at 4 years old. He studied at the Central Special Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, where he won prizes in various international youth piano competitions. He graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in 2008 and from the Royal College of Music in London in 2011.

Chernov has been a prize-winner at more than 20 international competitions and taken over 10 first prizes. In particular, he became a prize-winner of such competitions as XIV International Tchaikovsky competition, Cleveland piano competition, Maria Canals piano competition in Barcelona, Pozzoli international piano competition in Seregno, and the “Unisa” piano competition in Pretoria.

Chernov has a tremendously diverse and varied repertoire, a significant proportion of which is dedicated to piano concerti. He regularly performs in towns throughout Russia and abroad and appears at numerous festivals. Has taken part in the “Crescendo” festival in Russia, in Yuri Bashmet’s festival in Minsk, in the “Stars of White Nights” festival in Saint-Petersburg and other prestigious festivals. 

He has composed numerous pieces in diverse forms and genres, among them music for piano as well as for chamber ensembles and orchestra. He frequently includes his own piano music in his chamber concerts and recitals. He collaborates with various composers, and his works have been performed to great acclaim at festivals of contemporary music. In 2002 the pianist became a prize-winner and recipient of the special prize at the Scriabin Composition Competition. His music is felt deeply reverent attitude to the classical heritage of Russian music. At the same time, his music has been the avant-garde techniques contains.  Chernov performed as a soloist with such conductors as Enrique Batiz, Alexander Sladkovsky, Mikhail Pletnev, Ravil Martynov, Dmitry Orlov and others. He currently performs in concerts in Russia and elsewhere in Europe.

Locally, he will perform under the direction of Eduard Zilberkant, conductor of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. The program includes Borodin’s “Overture to Prince Igor,” Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8.” The concert is at 4 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Complex on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. For ticketing information, visit the symphony’s website at