Born in 1964 into a family of musicians, Alexander Markovich entered the Moscow Gnessin School at the age of 6. At the age of 13 he was awarded the first prize in the Prague Youth Radio Competition. He studied the piano and conducting at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he immigrated to Israel and became Israeli citizen. Alexander Markovich partnered such great musicians as Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov, and his talent was then brought to the attention of international audience and critics. He subsequently accompanied instrumentalists like Sergey Nakaryakov, Julian Rachlin, Ida Haendel, Gerard Causse etc. and performed in prestigious halls as Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmonie, Heichal Hatarbut in Tel Aviv, Suntori Hall in Tokyo and Champs Elysee in Paris. The "Strad" hails Alexander Markovich as an "absolutely outstanding musician".
Alexander Markovich was invited by Neeme Järvi to make his successful solo debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. An invitation to play with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra followed and he was re-invited to both Detroit and Montreal after this.
Since then he played with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, WDR Cologne and Residentie Orchestra in The Hague. After playing with the Bayerische Staatsorchester in Munich under Paavo Järvi and was immediately re-invited to take part in the orchestra’s New Year’s Gala performance conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Alexander Markovich has performed at the Big Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, concerts with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra in Teatro Colon, Scharwenka Piano Concerto with the Lübeck Orchestra, a recital at the Ruhr Piano Festival and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall. He played with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra and Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.
In January 2011 Alexander Markovich played Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Vladimir Jurowski. He also performed at Valery Gergiev’s prestigious Stars of White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. His second engagement with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna in the spring of 2012, where he played Dvorak Piano Concerto, was a big success.
In the last years Alexander Markovich played several concerts with Maestro Neeme Jarvi as well as a recording of all four piano concertos by Scharwenka. Furthermore he introduced a new series of opera improvisations, taking part at the Israel Opera Tel-Aviv and St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater before opera performances conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev. In March 2014 Alexander Markovich was reinvited to the Mariinsky Theater to play a similar programme with music by Mussorgsky. Alexander Markovich played Pictures At An Exhibition as well as improvisations on music from Mussorgsky’s operas and Lieder. Alexander Markovich’s programme was highly praised by the Mariinsky Observer whose critic compared him to Vladimir Horowitz.
Alexander Markovich is well known through his recordings with Teldec, Deutsche Grammophon, Erato. His performance with Berlin Deutsche Symphonie in Berliner Philharmonie Hall was a sensation. The newspaper Berliner Morgenpost called Alexander Markovich a "FORMULA-1 PILOT".
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