Alexander Kobrin

Alexander Yevgenyevich Kobrin (Александр Кобрин, born 20 March 1980 in Moscow) is a Russian concert pianist and teacher.

Alexander Kobrin
Born (1980-03-20) 20 March 1980 (age 40)
Moscow, Russia
Nationality Russia
Alma materMoscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
  • pianist
  • teacher
AwardsInternational Chopin Piano Competition 2000, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition 2005
Musical career
Genresclassical music
Years active1999–present
Associated actsMoscow Virtuosi, English Chamber Orchestra, and others

At age five, he enrolled in the Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow where his primary teacher was Tatiana Zelikman. When he turned eighteen, he enrolled at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, as a student of the legendary teacher, Lev Naumov, and he holds a graduate degree from that institution.

As a teenager, Kobrin won several youth piano competitions, but he won his first adult competition, the Scottish International Piano Competition when he was 18. The next year, in 1999, he won the Busoni Competition, after several years in which the first prize had not been awarded because no competitor's performances had been deemed worthy. In 2000, the year Yundi Li was the winner, Kobrin was third at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, and Li says that one of his favorite memories of the competition occurred at the awards ceremony when Kobrin lifted him in celebration of his victory. Kobrin later tied for second prize, with no first awarded, at Japan's Hamamatsu competition together with Rafal Blechacz.

In June 2005 he won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Among his prizes included a $20,000 cash award, a compact disc recording, concert tours, and professional management both in the United States and Europe, a professional attire stipend and subsidized travel in the United States.

Even before his Cliburn victory, Kobrin maintained an extensive schedule of engagements in Europe and Asia. He has performed with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Virtuosi of Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Rio de Janeiro Symphonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Osaka and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras.

Kobrin is especially interested in the music of the classical and romantic periods. He has recorded an all-Chopin compact disc along with the compact disc of some of his performances at the Van Cliburn competition. Kobrin formerly taught at the Gnessin State Academy of Music in Moscow, but in the fall of 2009, he relocated to the United States. He currently teaches at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.[1] Kobrin joined the piano faculty at the Eastman School of Music in the fall of 2017. He continues to perform, mainly as a soloist and chamber musician.

Alexander Kobrin is a Yamaha Artist.


  1. ^ "Steinhardt School: Piano Faculty". Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.

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