About Alex

Described by Limelight Magazine as "a soloist of superb skill and musicality", twenty-three year old Australian pianist Alex Raineri is currently based both in Brisbane and Melbourne and is an active recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician.

He has toured in California, South-East Asia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany and has a vast amount of recital and chamber music engagements in Australia including regular broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and the MBS Networks. He has performed concertos with the Queensland, Tasmanian, Darwin and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Southern Cross Soloists, Orchestra Victoria, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Four Winds Festival Orchestra, Bangalow Festival Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra.

Alex is the pianist and co-artistic director of the contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano, ensemble in residence at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. He is also the pianist with the Southern Cross Soloists, in residence at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Duo partnerships include lieder repertoire with soprano, Tabatha McFadyen and a percussion/piano duo with Angus Wilson.

Having had several successes in the competition field, Alex has won a number of first prizes including the Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Australian National Piano Award, ANAM Concerto Competition, Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship, Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship and Theme & Variations Foundation Scholarship. He has also been a prizewinner at the Sydney International Piano Competition, Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, Mietta Song Competition and was three times a national finalist in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards. He is a current recipient of a Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship and was awarded a 'Kranichstein Musikpries' at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt (Germany) in 2014. Alex has had projects funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, Ian Potter Cultural Trust and JUMP Mentoring.

Other chamber partnerships have been with Andreas Ottensamer (Utzon Music Series, BBC Radio 3, Universal Music Australian Tour), Sara Macliver, Greta Bradman, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, ELISION Ensemble, Jack Liebeck, Kathryn Stott, eighth blackbird, Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes, William Barton, Wilma Smith, Orava Quartet, ensemble interface, Navarra String Quartet, Lisa Moore, James Crabb, Slava Grigoryan, Brett Dean, Paul Dean, Jessica Aszodi, Andrew Goodwin, Victoria Sayles, Ensemble Nikel, Speak Percussion, Kroumata Percussion, Michael Houston, Camerata of St Johns, Sculthorpe Wind Quintet, Stephen Emmerson, Richard Haynes, Tristram Williams, Carl Rosman, Graeme Jennings, Arcadia Quintet, Penny Quartet, Aventa Ensemble, MakeShift Dance Collective, and others.

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, Music by the Sea Festival, Castlemaine Festival, 3MBS Brahms & Mendelssohn Marathons, Australian Piano Duo Festival, Brisbane Baroque Festival, Noosa Long Weekender, Queensland Music Festival, QSOCurrent, 4MBS Festival of Classics, Crossbows Festival, Fiesta de la Musica, and the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany.

His particular interest in contemporary chamber works has seen many commissions and performances of new works both as a soloist and with Kupka's Piano. Some notable Australian Premiere performances have been of works by Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, John Cage, Tristan Murail, Phillipe Hurel and Georges Aperghis to name just a few composers.

Alex is presently under the tutelage of Leah Horwtiz OAM and Timothy Young and is undertaking a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University). Concurrently, he is also undertaking a fellowship program - curating concerts through 2016 at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

In 2013, Alex graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) in Advanced Performance, also receiving a University Medal. He holds a Licentiate Diploma from the Australian Music Examinations Board and a Licentiate Diploma with Distinction from Trinity College London.

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Alex Raineri Pianist2 days ago
In navigating into the next phase of my career, as of March earlier this year, I have stepped away from the piano chair of Southern Cross Soloists.

A brief message as follows.

“After six and a half years of countless concerts and magical artistic experiences, it is with bittersweet feelings that I depart from the SxS piano chair.

I would like to thank all of the SxS musicians (past and present) for their collaboration and beautiful friendships. Many thanks to the amazing management and to the team at QPAC, Bangalow Music Festival and the numerous touring venues that I have had the pleasure to play in during my time with SxS. Finally, thank you to Tania Frazer for welcoming me into the SxS family and for the countless opportunities over the years.”
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Alex Raineri Pianist5 days ago
The final movement of Franck’s glorious Sonata with Anne Horton at our recital earlier in the year at Museum of Brisbane.

Thanks Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra for the feature 🥰
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Alex Raineri Pianist5 days ago
Thank you Brisbane Stage 🥰

“Alexandra Flood and Alex Raineri’s music blooms with extra life, texture, and dimension. This is the strength of the collaboration between the two artists, who bring together their respective talents and creative visions, to move, to soothe, and to inspire their audiences.”

https://www.brisbanestage.com/single-post/eastern-promises-review
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Alex Raineri Pianist6 days ago
Thank you Australian Stage Online for the kind words about my recitals last week with Alexandra Flood for Opera Queensland.

“Raineri’s playing increases in stature every time I hear him. He is so relaxed now, letting the piano speak and the phrases breathe, and conveys a striking command of the architecture of the music.”

Full review via link below!

https://www.australianstage.com.au/202109199277/reviews/brisbane/eastern-promises-%7C-opera-queensland.html
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Alex Raineri Pianist6 days ago
Tomorrow, Natsuko Yoshimoto and I take to the stage of the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall presenting a gorgeous program of Debussy, Ravel and Franck Sonatas which we presented recently as part of the 2021 Brisbane Music Festival season.

It's only $24 to tune in, and you can watch from anywhere around the world. Be sure to purchase your tix before the 'show time' though the video is available for viewing up to 72 hours after.

https://watch.melbournedigitalconcerthall.com/#/item/77240
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Alex Raineri Pianist7 days ago
Thank you Limelight 🥰

“Alex Raineri is a gifted and very fine pianist, technically accomplished with first-rate attention to detail. He produced some truly beautiful, considered playing and ravishing harmonics. He is both a terrific accompanist, as well as a fine soloist in his own right. His playing of both the softer passages, predominantly in the French repertoire of Debussy and Ravel, as well as the delightful Heggie work, alongside such fiendishly fast and difficult pieces as the Dvořák Gypsy songs and Rachmaninov songs, was exemplary. The piano certainly came into its own in many of the delicate and fiery works.”

https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/reviews/eastern-promises-opera-queensland/

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6 days ago
Tomorrow on the Melb Digital Concert Hall, a gorgeous program of Debussy, Ravel and Franck Sonatas.

$24 + watch from anywhere around the world. Be sure to purchase tix before the 'show time' though video is available for viewing up to 72 hours after.

https://t.co/OxM06exuFA https://t.co/36AjnSDI8M
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1 week ago
Tonight at @hotagc , a very special performance of Corrina Bonshek’s ‘Nature Spirit’ as part of the William Robinson exhibit.

I’ll also be taking part in a panel discussion with Dame Quentin Bryce, @EadricAyres , Conal Coad and @joetwistmusic

https://t.co/zn0kczfA2x
2 weeks ago
Tonight + tomorrow!

@OperaQueensland presents ‘Eastern Promises’ with the incredible Alexandra Flood, and yours truly at the keys 🎹

https://t.co/ILNoWwzoOV
2 weeks ago
Next up in the concert calendar! Alexandra Flood and I have been hard at work preparing amazing works by Debussy, Ravel, Szymanowski, Rachmaninoff, Kate Miller Heidke and more. Only a few tix left to each show. Thank you Opera Queensland for featuring us in your studio series 🥰 https://t.co/ocQ4B9wh9a Raineri_Pianist photo

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