Alexander Panfilov was born in Moscow and started music lessons at the age of six. He debuted in the Moscow Philharmonie in 2009 and in Carnegie Weill Hall in New York in 2011. Since then he appeared in concerts throughout Europe and USA, performing in some of the most prestigious venues, such as Musikverein Vienna, Tonhalle Zurich, London Wigmore Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester. As a soloist, he appeared with orchestras such as Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Belarussian State Philharmonic, Carlo Coccia Orchestra, City Orchestra of Granada, and Manchester Camerata, working with Conductors Brian Wright, Paul Mann, Andrei Galanov, Francesco Monopoli, Alessandro Ferrari and Vasily Petrenko. He has appeared in festivals such as Menuhin festival Gstaad, Schwarzwald Music Festival in Germany; Ribble Valley Piano Week, Ulverston Festival, and Rye arts festivals in the UK, and other. His performances were broadcasted for radio BBC 3 and Classic FM. In 2016 Alexander recoded a debut CD on Naxos label.
He started lessons at Gnessin Music School and later continued at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Andrei Diev. Since 2012 Alexander is based in the UK where he studied on a full scholarship at the Royal Northern College of Music with Graham Scott. During the studies he has won the College’s major prizes, including Gold Medal for the top performance.
Alexander is a laureate of 1st prizes of International Piano competitions, including Premio Jaen (2016), Hastings Piano Concerto (2015), Premio Accademia Rome (2015), James Mottram (2014), Taranto (2013), Brant (2013), and other.
He has taken part in Masterclasses, and received tuition from such artists as Naum Starkman, Robert Levin, Martin Roscoe, Michel Beroff, Dmitry Bashkirov, Nelson Goerner, Richard Goode, Noriko Ogawa, Andrea Bonatta, and Frank Wibaut, amongst others. His repertoire spans an array of styles from Baroque to the 21st century and includes more than 20 piano concertos.
Alexander is currently supported by the Musicians’ Company Carnwath Scholarship and a Scholarship from the ABRSM.