The Russian pianist, Alexander Ghindin [Gindin, Guindin], studied piano in 1994 at the Moscow Conservatory under Professor Mikhail S. Voskrensky, and at the Moscow State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, graduating in 2001. By the age of 13 he had already won the Moscow Young Pianists' Competition. In 1994, ar age 17, he won the 4th Prize at the prestigious 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994 and was the youngest laureate ever. He is one of the first scholarship holders of the ,”New Names" International Charity Foundation. He won 2nd Prize at the International Queen Elizabeth Music Competition in Brussels in 1999. In 2007 he won the First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in the USA, and clinched his victory with a performance of Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Cleveland Orchestra. The Cleveland prize included a $50,000 cash award, a compact disc recording on the Naxos label, two years of management service, and a New York recital debut at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, and , in consequence, more than fifty concerts. In July 2010 he won the First Prize at the International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina Brazil.
Alexander Ghindin has since established himself as a pianist of distinction. After playing with the Moscow State Philharmonic as a soloist in 1999, and has performed in his native Russia, as well as in Europe, the USA and Japan. His performances with orchestras in have included the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg "Camerata", Russian National Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, National Philharmonic Orchestra, State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi (Vladimir Spivakov), and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. His appearances with orchestras throughout the world include the Orchestre National de Belgique (2000), Cleveland Orchestra, Flemish Radio, Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Freiburg (2001-2002), Israel Chamber Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Camerata de Lausanne, Philharmonie de Liège (2001-2002), Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy), Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (2001-2002), Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (2000), Orchestre National de Montpellier, Münchner Philharmoniker (2001-2002), Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra, and Swedish Royal Festival Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with the such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Artur Fagen, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Alan Gilbert, Paavo Järvi, Dmitri Kitaenko, Mats Liljefors, Jesús López-Cobos, Fuat Mansurov, Tomasso Placidi, Yuri Simonov, Vasily Sinaysky, Leonard Slatkin, Saulius Sondeckis, Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Verbitsky, and Thomas Zanderling.
Alexander Ghindin has been featured at numerous music festivals such as Moscow, Stockholm, Echternach, Luxembourg, Colmar, La Roque d'Anthéron, Brussels, Limoges, the Montpellier Festival de Radio France, le Châtelet in Paris, Auditorium du Louvre, Sintra Festival in Portugal, Ruhr Klavier-Festival, Filharmonia Warscawa, Dubrovnik International Festival, and the Osaka International Festival. Alexander Ghindin has played in many distinguished venues worldwide, such Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Copenhagen New Opera Hall, Barbican in London, Moscow Conservatoire, Gasteig in Munich, Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, Salle Gaveau, Théatre des Champs Élysées, and Théatre du Chatelet in Paris, Rudolfium in Prague, Teatro Olympico in Rome, Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Riksallen in Stockholm, Tel-Aviv Opera, Suntory and Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Kennedy Center in Washington and many others.
In the field of chamber music, Alexander Ghindin has collaborated with Vladimir Spivakov for many recordings and concerts, including recordings with Capriccio (Brahms Sonatas), concerts in Paris (Theatre des Champs Elysees - 2002, Theatre du Chatelet - 2003), Avignon, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Moscow, St. Petersburg, etc. With Nikolai Petrov he has performed almost the entire two piano repertoire.
In January 2002, Alexander Ghindin made his debut in America with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. performing S. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 (original version) at New York's Lincoln Centre - Avery Fisher Hall. During 2002-2003 he gave concerts in Germany with the Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by Paavo Järvi, with the New Japan Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, and he has be chosen to replace the pianist for S. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 3 with the Russian National Orchestra (conducted by Vladimir Spivakov) at Theatre du Chatelet; in November 2002.he appeared as recitalist in concerts series and Festivals (Radio France in Montpellier, Auditorium du Louvre, Sintra Festival in Portugal, the Theatre du Chatelet, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, at the Filharmonia Warsaw, at the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC. Colmar, etc.). In 2004 was guest of the Osaka International Festival for some concerts (Tokyo and Osaka).
In 2006, Alexander Ghindin was named Honoured Artist of Russia, and, in the same year, became the Artistic Director of the beautiful and acoustically-acclaimed Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center. During the 2008-2009 season, he performed more than 50 solo recitals and concerto performances across the USA, alongside a busy schedule of concerts in Europe and more than 30 concerts that will reach nearly every major city in Russia as well. Highlights of Ghindin's recent concert seasons include the Berliner Symphoniker at the Konzerthaus performing S. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Eliahu Inbal, the Tokyo Suntory Hall with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony performing Frédéric Chopin's Concerto No. 1 with James de Priest, and the Brussels Palais-des-Beaux performing S. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Orchestre National de Belgique with Jean-Claude Casadesus. Ghindin also performed concertos with orchestras in Bordeaux, Ekaterinaburg, Kazan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Moscow, Pau (France), Monte Carlo, Prague, Slovenia, and Vilnius, and others. In the 2010-2011 season he was engaged as the Artistic Director of four festivals: in Moscow, in Perm (Russia), in Minsk (Belorussia) and as International Artistic Director of the Swedish Royal Festival in Stockholm.
Alexander Ghindin’s discography includes 15 recordings to date, among them, S. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 in their original versions with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra led by Vladimir Ashkenazy for Ondine Records (recorded in March 2001), and the Johannes Brahms’ Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Vladimir Spivakov for Capriccio. He has also appeared on television and in broadcasts in Russia, Germany, Belgium, Japan, France, Luxembourg, Poland, and elsewhere.