Described by Limelight Magazine as “a soloist of superb virtuosic skill and musicality”, Australian pianist Alex Raineri (b.1993) is active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, curator and educator.
International performances include tours in California, South-East Asia, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany and Austria. Within Australia he frequently appears at many major music festivals, prominent concert series and throughout regional areas.
Alex has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio NZ, California Capital Public Radio, and regularly appears on ABC Classic FM and the Australian MBS Networks. Discography includes; ‘I’ll Walk Beside You’ (ABC Classics) with Teddy Tahu Rhodes and the Southern Cross Soloists, ‘braneworlds’ with Kupka’s Piano, and the impending release of two solo albums ‘Transfiguration’ and ‘Inventions’ in July 2018.
As a concerto soloist he has featured with the Queensland, Tasmanian, Darwin and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Southern Cross Soloists, Orchestra Victoria, Four Winds Festival Orchestra, Bangalow Festival Orchestra and the Queensland Pops Orchestra.
Alex is the pianist with the Southern Cross Soloists, company in residence at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). He plays in ongoing duo-partnerships with Tabatha McFadyen (soprano) and Angus Wilson (percussion) and was the pianist and co-artistic director of contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano (2012-2018).
Other chamber partnerships include performances with Andreas Ottensamer, Jessica Aszodi, eighth blackbird, ELISION, ensemble interface, Sara Macliver, Natalie Clein, Greta Bradman, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jack Liebeck, Kathryn Stott, Slava Grigoryan, Brett Dean, Opera Queensland, Ensemble Offspring, Wilma Smith, Orava Quartet, Lisa Moore, James Crabb, Bethany Simons, Andrew Goodwin, Ensemble Nikel, Speak Percussion, Ensemble Nikel, Kroumata Percussion, Alexandra Flood, Camerata, Arcadia Quintet, Michael Houston, Andrew Pelletier, and many others. Cross art-form projects have included collaborations with Expressions Dance Company, Helen Howard & Michael Futcher, Makeshift Dance Collective, and others.
Having had several successes in the competition field, Alex has been the recipient of a number of major awards including the Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Australian National Piano Award, ANAM Concerto Competition, Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship, Theme and Variations Foundation Scholarship, and Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship. In 2014 he was awarded a ‘Kranichstein Musikpries’ at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany. He has also been a major prizewinner in the Sydney International Piano Competition, Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, Mietta Song Competition, and a finalist in the ANAM Chamber Music Competition, ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards (2008, 2011, 2013) and the Freedman Classical Fellowship (2012, 2013, 2014).
Significant performances and festival appearances include; Utzon Music Series, Bangalow Music Festival, Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Four Winds Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Music by the Sea Festival, Castlemaine Festival, 3MBS Brahms & Mendelssohn Marathons, Australian Piano Duo Festival, Brisbane Baroque Festival, QSOCurrent, 4MBS Festival of Classics, Crossbows Festival, IMPULS Academy (Austria) and the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music (Germany).
His particular interest in contemporary chamber works has seen many commissions and performances of new works. Alex has given 53 World Premiere and 86 Australian premiere performances to date, most notably of works by Helmut Lachenmann, Morton Feldman/Samuel Beckett, Steve Reich, John Cage, Beat Furrer, Gyorgy Kurtag, Hans Werner Henze, Tristan Murail, Phillipe Hurel and Georges Aperghis.
Alex’s mentors have included Leah Horwitz OAM, Timothy Young, Stephen Emmerson and Genevieve Lacey. After completing undergraduate studies with First Class Honours and a University Medal, he is currently undertaking a Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) and is an alumni and fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Alex also holds a Licentiate Diploma from the Australian Music Examinations Board and a Licentiate Diploma with distinction from Trinity College London. He holds sessional accompanist positions at the University of Quensland and Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University).