Assistant Professor of PianoDepartment:
Alexander Kobrin has won top prizes in international piano competitions, including the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, First Prize in the Busoni and Scottish competitions, and Top Prize at the Hamamatsu competition.
Kobrin’s recitals and performances have been praised for their brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with the audience. He has appeared with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the New York, Tokyo, Warsaw, Royal Liverpool, and Moscow Philharmonics; the Dallas, Birmingham, Swedish Radio, Berliner, and BBC Symphonies; and the Russian National Orchestra, British Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de las Suisse Romande, and Chicago Sinfonietta.
Kobrin has released recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Quartz, and Centaur labels. His recording of Robert Schumann’s Carnaval, Waldszenen, and Arabesque was named a Top 5 Album of the year by Fanfare magazine in 2015. Gramophone praised his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Sonata on the Cliburn Competition disc, noting “Kobrin achieves a hypnotic sense of the music’s dark necromancy.” He also has recorded three volumes of Chopin works and a Haydn CD.
In addition to his acclaimed performances, Kobrin has served on the faculties of the Gnessin Academy of Music and New York University’s Steinhardt School, and held the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia. He has given master classes in Europe and Asia and been a jury member for many international piano competitions, including the Busoni, Blüthner, Neuhaus and the “Prix Animato.”