Alexei Volodin works with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and the NHK, Mariinsky Theatre, and London Symphony orchestras. Conductor collaborations include Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Marc Albrecht, and Semyon Bychkov.
Recent collaborations include the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich (Sir Mark Elder), Sinfonieorchester des SWR (Kirill Karabits), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko) and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Stanislaw Skrowaczewski). Engagements in 2012/13 season and beyond include Bamberger Symphoniker, RAI Turin, Netherlands Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony and Danish National Symphony orchestras.
Recitals are a prominent part of Volodin’s engagements and following his critically acclaimed debut at London's International Piano Series, this season he performs at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation, Munich's Herkulessaal and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. He also performs chamber music with members of the Berlin Philharmonic at the Salle Pleyel, Paris and the Berlin Philharmonie.
Since Alexei Volodin won the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich in 2003, he has become part of the world elite. He shows an impressive sensitivity of touch, and a dynamic and dramatic breadth of expression… it's difficult to remember when we heard these pieces better played. Alexei Volodin demonstrates that he is one of the great pianists of our time. (Carsten Dürer, PIANONews, May/June 2013)
“Alexei Volodin was the sensational soloist in the Prokofiev – a hard-hitting, edgy performance in which he played with staggering technique and furious accuracy”. (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, March 2013)
“Volodin offered the thrilling performance that this work required; a total success”. (Xavier Pujol, El Paìs, May 2012)
“...the outer movements crackled with energy, while the minuet had the sweetest cantabile… Stravinsky’s Petrushka allowed this coolly relaxed young player to push virtuosity to the limits, delivering perfectly controlled explosions of notes, and turning raucous discords into wild beauty. Each of Volodin’s four encores, including a brilliant jazz number, was a winner, with a late Chopin Nocturne setting the exquisite final seal.” (The Independent, June 2012)
“ …working on a large scale, with natural phrasing and thoughtful rubato, he showed his persuasive pianism.” (Ongaku No Tomo, March 2012)
"The Russian Alexei Volodin and the SWR Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits performed Liszt's first piano concerto and his "Totentanz". Volodin brought not just technical brilliance but other qualities, heard also in the encore, a Chopin nocturne, in which he made each note ring out like bells...a small miracle." (Neue Luzerner Zeitung, November 2011)
"He has terrific technique, and proved a consummate interpreter of Prokofiev's bruising concerto with its pounding octaves and triplet rhythms and swelling gales of orchestral accompaniment...The audience found itself holding its breath as the opening andante-allegro reached a thrilling crescendo, and smiling at the whirligig of fairground sound in the second movement and the epic swell of the final allegro "(Liverpool Echo, September 2011)
"Master pianist Alexei Volodin is a virtuoso. Impressive, and not purely for effect in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. Constantly jumping solos, chord progressions, lightning fast runs and cross over figures are demanded. This was no problem for Volodin; who was percussive and precise where needed, individually or with orchestra, reliably and with demonstrative love of the music, the witty, the grotesque. After the final gallop, the conductor clasped his hand...testifying his respect for the pianist." (Daily Gazette, June 2011)
Alexei Volodin plays chamber music with players from Berliner Philharmoniker
Alexei Volodin debuts with Bamberger Symphoniker & Royal Philharmonic
Alexei Volodin returns to Amsterdam Concertgebouw for solo recital
Alexei Volodin joins 80th birthday celebrations for Rodion Shchedrin
Alexei Volodin returns to Vienna Konzerthaus
Alexei Volodin makes his debut at the International Piano Series
Alexei Volodin performs with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Alexei Volodin signs with HarrisonParrott