Alexey Botvinov

President & Artistic Director of Odessa Classics, pianist

9, 10, 11 June


Alexey Botvinov is an exceptional pianist, musical innovator and producer. The most acclaimed Ukrainian pianist, Botvinov is one of the best specialists in Rachmaninoff music worldwide. Botvinov is the only pianist in the world who performed Bach‘s masterpiece „Goldberg Variations“ more than 300 times on stage.


Alexey Botvinov is initiator and president of “Odessa Classics” – one of the leading European music festivals. Alexey Botvinov performed in over 45 countries. During the years 1994-96 Alexey Botvinov lived in Düsseldorf (Germany), where he performed Bach's “Goldberg-Variations” and Schumann's “Kinderszenen” with the ballet productions by the famous Swiss choreographer Heinz Spoerli. Meanwhile artistic cooperation with Heinz Spoerli continued in Zurich from 1996 to 2012 with over 20 different ballet productions at music by Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Schnittke, Stravinsky with great acclaim.


Pianist was on many tours with the Zurich Balett in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Great Britain, Netherlands, Greece, Poland, Russia, Japan, Canada, South Africa etc. For his breathtaking performance of “Goldberg-Variations” ballet in June 2001 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin the press wrote: “a real firework at the piano” (“Berliner Kurier”). “Le Figaro” wrote about pianist’s CD of “Goldberg-Variations” – “Superbe!”. This recording landed on 2nd place in Swiss music-charts. Next recording – “Botvinov plays Rachmaninoff” (2002) was acclaimed as “the best classical recording of the month” in Switzerland. 2009-2010 Botvinov was Artistic Director of Odessa National Opera Theater. Recently Botvinov explores new ways of presenting classical music. Among his new innovative projects there are “Visual reality of Music”, “Piano Light Show” and “4 Elements”, where music and visual effects have converted a traditional concert into multimedia mystery. In 2015 Botvinov initiated a new International music festival “ODESSA CLASSICS”, where he is President and artistic director. Annual festival made sensational success and already became the most important classical music festival in the Ukraine and one of the leading music festivals in Europe. November 2015 Alexey Botvinov was awarded the title “People’s Artist of Ukraine” – the highest artistic achievement in the Ukraine.

In 2018 Botvinov performed 11 times “Goldberg Variations” ballet in “La Scala”, Milano, with extraordinary success among audience and music critics. Italian press praised Botvinov performance as “perfect interpretation of Bach masterpiece”, or “white magic on piano”. In 2018-2019 Botvinov performed solo and with orchestras in such venues as Berlin Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Zurich Tonhalle MAAG, Hamburg Philharmonie, Dresden Frauenkirche, Beethoven Haus Bonn and many more. In 2019 Botvinov performed Gershwin and Schulhoff concertos on Tournee in Germany with San Francisco “New Century Orchestra” under baton of Daniel Hope. In 2020 Alexey Botvinov became a “Knight of the Orden of the Star of Italy” by decision of the President of the Italian Republic and received “Swiss Wilhelm Tell Award-2020”. In 2021 Alexey Botvinov and Daniel Hope made recording of Alfred Schnittke music for violin and piano at “Deutsche Grammophon” with sensational success worldwide.


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