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 Pianist15 hours ago
Enjoy this magical lament by Ellen Zwilich which I was privileged to record recently with the fabulous Marian Heckenberg as part of Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra’s 5@5 series.
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Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra
For today's 5@5 with Camerata, we are thrilled to present dynamic duo, Alex Raineri and Marian Heckenberg.

As introduced in the episode by Marian, Camerata's Principal Double Bassist, they'll be performing Lament by American violinist, composer and academic Ellen Zwilich. Among many other accolades, Zwilich was the first female composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Classical pianist Alex Raineri, was recently described by Limelight Magazine as “a soloist of superb skill and musicality”, and is also the Artistic Director of Brisbane Music Festival. For those fortunate enough to snag a ticket, Alex performed a sold-out recital earlier this year with Brendan Joyce at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art presented by Camerata.

We hope you enjoy this moving edition of 5@5 with Camerata, featuring Marian Heckenberg and Alex Raineri.

#TuneInTuneOutWithCamerata
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Alex Raineri Pianist3 days ago
So excited for tomorrow's Brisbane Music Festival performance with Paul Dean & Trish Dean! Hope you can join us for some gorgeous music which i'm so thrilled to be playing with these wonderful friends and colleagues 😍

https://brismusicfestival.com/9-the-romantics/
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Alex Raineri Pianist6 days ago
The next BMF chapter live-streams this Saturday. Join us for some incredible music with one of Australia's powerhouse musical couples!

Tix only $30 and go directly to supporting artists in this time of crisis.
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Alex Raineri Pianist7 days ago
A pleasure to kind-of-collaborate with the incredible Lorina Gore in another episode of Opera Queensland’s ‘Aria A Day’ series 😇
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Opera Queensland
From Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales soprano Lorina Gore shares Sondheim’s ‘Green Finch and Linnet Bird’, from 'Sweeney Todd'. Lorina is joined by her foster rabbit and pianist Alex Raineri.

LORINA GORE
‘Green Finch and Linnet Bird’
from ‘Sweeney Todd’
by Stephen Sondheim
Piano Alex Raineri
#AnAriaADay #ThisIsOpera
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Alex Raineri Pianist1 week ago
A pleasure to contribute to Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Moments Musicaux’ series with Courtenay Cleary who I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with recently for a number of shows.

Enjoy this exquisite gem of a piece by Amy Beach 😍
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Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Moments Musicaux #5! This time we have frequent MCO violinist Courtenay Cleary, who's recently returned from studying at Juilliard, with pianist Alex Raineri performing American Romantic composer Amy Beach's gorgeous Romance.
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Alex Raineri Pianist1 week ago
So good to revisit Vine’s magical Flute & Piano Sonata with this talented flautist 👌🎶

Take a listen when you have a moment! 😜

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2 weeks ago
Live-streaming the next instalment in my Brisbane Music Festival with the fabulous Jenna Robertson (soprano). @jennasop

This evening, 6pm (AEST). We will take you on a journey ‘Around the World’ through song 🎶

https://t.co/L3iOyp9ZRP
2 weeks ago
Also tonight! Playing Strauss’ epic Violin & Piano Sonata with Leanne McGowan this evening on the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall. Join us! 7pm (AEST). https://t.co/D1iWrUD57r
2 weeks ago
Thrilled to be joining @CourtenayCleary on the stage of the @QPAC Concert Hall for two sold-out shows. It’s a big and beautiful program including Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, Janacek’s magical Sonata and Fratres by Arvo Part.

https://t.co/kqgx22Anp8
3 weeks ago
Beyond elated that Chris Dench’s monstrous and beautiful work for me ‘passing bells: day’ has just now been honoured as one of the winners in this years Art Music Awards by @apra australianmusiccentre. This was… https://t.co/QqvkU0HoZJ
3 weeks ago
Thank you @QPAC for opening your doors. So excited and humbled to have played two sold-out shows in the concert hall over the past couple of days 🙏🎶🎹. Looking forward to repeating my slightly mad program on Thursday… https://t.co/4VWA3uLwoM
4 weeks ago
My two solo recitals this week at @QPAC are both sold out and I can't wait to share some music!!

Look out for the QPAC instagram tomorrow as i'll be doing a takeover ;-)

#atqpac #brisbaneanyday #thisisqueensland #itsliveinqueensland #seeaustralia

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