In 2011 Alexander won 1st Prize at the Franz Liszt Competition in Budapest. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Royal College of Music, this season he debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata and embarks on a recital tour of Argentina and Colombia.
Born in 1991 in London, Alexander Ullman studied at the Purcell School, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and the Royal College of Music where he is completing his Artist Diploma as the Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow (awarded by The Philip Loubser Foundation).
In 2011 Alexander won 1st Prize at the Liszt Competition in Budapest. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2014.
Alexander has given concerts across Europe, Asia and America, highlights including recitals at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Teatro Ghione (Rome), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), Archive Nationales (Paris), Auditorio de la Diputación de Alicante, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Beijing NCPA and La Jolla Arts Festival (California). He has collaborated with the Dover Quartet and cellist Michael Petrov.
This season Alexander returns to Wigmore Hall, gives recitals in the Nottingham International Piano Series, St John the Evangelist Arts International Piano Series (Oxford) and Perth Concert Hall, and makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Further afield he tours throughout Argentina, Columbia and China and takes part in the Chopin Festival in Majorca.
Engagements during 2014/15 included recitals in Milan, Munich, Monaco (Théȃtres des Variétés), Ankara, Samos, Crete and Athens. Alexander continued to give recitals across the UK and performed Ravel’s Concerto in G at Cadogan Hall, Tchaikovsky with the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana in Italy, Grieg with the Suffolk Philharmonic, Chopin Concerto No. 2 with Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Royal College and Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra in St. David’s Hall.
As a soloist Alexander has previously appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Centre, the New Jersey and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Oxford Philharmonic, Southbank Sinfonia, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Danubia and Budapest Radio Orchestras. He has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Radio France and MDR Classic.
During his studies Alexander has won numerous awards including 1st Prize at the Lagny-sur-Marne International Competition (2013), the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition (2012), and 2nd Prize at the Isidor Bajic Memorial International Competition (2014). His teachers have included William Fong, Leon Fleisher, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Robert McDonald, Dmitri Alexeev, Ian Jones and Elisso Virsaladze.
“Each of the twelve dance movements of Schumann's Papillons were sharply characterised, with Ullman beguilingly subtle in his control of tonal colour as the music veered from one mood to another, unpredictably and exhilaratingly ... Ullman gave a towering performance [of Liszt’s Sonata in B minor], as intelligently aware of the work's intricate architecture as he was dazzling in execution ... Ullman projected the demonic, the religious and the amorous with equal insight and passion. And again it was the vast range of colour that he drew from the keyboard which was so exciting - as well as the strength and speed with which cascades of notes sprang from his fingers. ”
“Ullman captured the essence [of Schumann’s Fantasy in C, Op. 17]…..bringing out every emotion...Playing with a rich, full-bodied tone no matter what dynamic level, Ullman brought a grandeur to the rhapsodic first movement. The middle movement’s march was majestic, and the pianist relished the melodic lines during the meditative finale.”
“To Ravel’s G-major Piano Concerto he brought poise, flair and style.”
“Ullman followed in the best interpretative tradition, flaunting mastery and absolute assuredness.”
“The Depths and Daring of Alexander Ullman. Alexander Ullman, born twenty-three years ago in London, has been doing some serious thinking about thought: musical thought, in this instance. Whatever his art, the artist’s first connection is always with himself. And in particular, those parts of himself that he doesn’t yet know. Exploration and self-discovery is the name of the game. I’ve written elsewhere, how advanced Ullman is along this path.”
“Alexander Ullman who did remarkable things in the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. He heard the score with immense clarity and vision, and brought it to life as if the composer were watching over his shoulder”
“He displayed a delicate touch, technical finesse and graceful phrasing. His affinity for the piece came through in assured, communicative playing from its bright, fleet passages through mysterious, yearning melodies and charming, playful diversions.”
“Played brilliantly by the young British pianist Alexander Ullman…. The orchestra, under Musical Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya, caught Ullman's every nuance and change of mood, thus unifying the performance. The famous slow movement….is wonderful in Ullman's hands. His legato touch made you forget that the piano is basically a percussion instrument.”
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“His performance of the Chopin fourth Ballade will live in my mind’s ear for ever: every nuance perfectly judged, poised and placed…..His sound is unique.”
To engage Alexander, please contact Sue Hudson, Senior Artist Manager
0207 379 8477