Alexei Volodin, born in St. Petersburg in 1977, received lessons at the age of ten at the Gnessin Special Music School in Moscow, where he was taught first by I. Chaklina and later by T. Zelikman. At the age of 17 he continued his studies with Professor Elisso Virsaladze at the Moscow Conservatory. In 2003 he won first prize at the 9th Concours Géza Anda in Zurich, to which he owes his career breakthrough.
He is one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. The international press appreciates his breathtaking technique, his wide-ranging repertoire and describes him as a beguiling magician of timbre and a stylish interpreter.
Alexei Volodin gives concerts with many well-known orchestras, such as the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra of the SWR, the NDR Radio Philharmonic in Hanover, the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Orchester National de France, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orchester de la Suisse Romande, the Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala, the Radio Symphony Orchestra and Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Dresden Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker conducted by conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Gerd and Marc Albrecht, Riccardo Chailly, David Zinman, Mikhail Pletnev, Tugan Sokhiev, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Zoltán Kocsis, Semyon Bychkov and many others.
He regularly gives recitals at the invitation of the most renowned concert promoters in all the major halls, including Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Meester pianists), Suntory Hall Tokyo (world pianists), Vienna (Konzerthaus und Theater an der Wien), New York (Metropolitan Museum), Madrid (Auditorio Nacional) , Barcelona (Palau della Musica) Paris (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Pleyel), Stuttgart (master pianists), Frankfurt (Alte Oper), Lisbon (Gulbenkian), Budapest (Liszt Academy) and Brussels (Bozar).
In 2009 he was presented as the first “Artist of the Month” in the new Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg by Valery Gergiev, with whom he has toured the USA, Japan, Germany and Spain. He was and is heard at numerous festivals: Lucerne, La Roque d’Anthéron, Montpellier, Folle Journée in Nantes, Sintra, Ruhr, Heidelberg, Bad Kissingen, Baden-Baden, Bad Reichenhall, Lichfield, Meran, Moscow and St. Petersburg (White Nights).
Two CDs with works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev as well as the Beethoven piano sonatas op. 106/109 have been released on the “Live Classics” label. He has signed an exclusive contract with the “Challenge Classics” label, which has since released three CDs with works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Scriabin and Schumann.