Notes on the performers
Born in Samara, Russia, Alexander Ardakov studied under the renowned pianist and professor Vera
Gornostaeva at Moscow Conservatoire. Upon graduating, he joined the Moscow State Philharmonia as
Alexander won prizes at the Kabalevsky Piano Competition in Russia and the Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, Italy.
Moving to Britain and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he has been teaching since 1991, have helped him develop as an international recitalist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. Alexander has made notable radio recordings for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. His extensive discography consists of 20 different CD albums. Among them is a remarkable recording of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson.
Alexander has given recitals at the Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St John’s Smith Square in London; Carnegie Hall in New York; Gasteig and Carl-Orff-Saal in Munich; Benaroya Hall in Seattle; and Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. He frequently gives masterclasses in the UK and abroad.
Frederick Chopin (1810-1849)
Nocturne in C sharp minor op Posth.
Nocturne in F sharp minor op 48 no 2
Nocturne in D flat major op 27 no 2
Mazurka in G minor op 24 no 1
Mazurka in C major op 24 no 2
Mazurka in A flat major op 24 no 3
Mazurka in B flat minor op 24 no 4
Mazurka in E C sharp op 41 no 1
Mazurka in E C sharp op 63 no 3
Ballade no 1 in G minor op 23
Waltz in B minor op 69 no 2
Waltz in C sharp minor op 64 no 2
Scherzo no 2 in B flat minor op 31
Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic period, who wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, one whose “poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation”.