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 Pianist22 hours ago
Super nice review of my recent recital with Courtenay Cleary for Canberra Symphony Orchestra at the National Gallery of Australia.

"Cleary and Raineri gave a performance that, not only was packed full of virtuosity, but also was in superb balance, and with a clarity that only brilliant artists could achieve."

https://citynews.com.au/2021/empathetic-perfomance-of-rare-works/
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Alex Raineri Pianist2 days ago
Looking forward to playing an all-Chopin recital at Australian Institute of Music tomorrow.

Hope to see some Sydney friends there! 🎶

https://thesydney.com.au/event/alex_raineri/
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Alex Raineri Pianist2 days ago
This’ll be really great. Please join us! 😍
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Alex Raineri Pianist4 days ago
Another upcoming BMF show I hope you might join us for 😇👌🎶
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Alex Raineri Pianist5 days ago
So very excited to be playing quite a lot of Beethoven with Trish Dean in a few weeks 😍
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Alex Raineri Pianist1 week ago
Rescheduled show dates!!! 😍🎶😍🎶🕰

Three performances that were to occur this week but thwarted by lockdown 🔐 have been rescheduled.

Contra Concerts as below, and my solo recital ‘Nature Spirit’ for The University of Queensland will now take place on September 30th.

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2 weeks ago
Just posted a photo @ National Gallery of Australia, Canberra https://t.co/DGjclAxl74
2 weeks ago
I hope you might join us via your devices tomorrow 👩‍💻👨‍💻. It’s going to be very special, and touching, and epic 🛳🌊👌

Theatre 🎭, music 🎶 and film 🎶 collide to tell the story of Enoch Arden.

Tix at https://t.co/E9PMLr8WEv

#victoriantheatrecompany #tennyson #strauss
3 weeks ago
Thrilled to be playing a solo Mozart program over the next couple of evenings. 3 of the 4 shows are #soldout but a few tix remain for tomorrow’s 8:30pm session. #mozart #piano #candlelight
https://t.co/abVX1CfLpG
3 weeks ago
The Brisbane Music Festival tumbles down the rabbit hole once more. Last week in Bundaberg, tomorrow in Maleny 🎶.

Gorgeous music and Katie Stenzel is brilliant and captivating, as always ⭐️

#brisbanemusicfestival #katiestenzel #song #opera #musictheatre #soprano #piano #tour https://t.co/2rC6Ea5kkl
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4 weeks ago
Tumbling down the rabbit hole with Katie Stenzel - Soprano in Bundaberg this afternoon 😎🎶 #wonderland #brisbanemusicfestival https://t.co/iu8VVQwuiM
1 month ago
Big thanks to Ross Kay at ABC Wide Bay for chatting to me and Katie Stenzel ahead of 'Wonderland' coming up this week!

Jump to 3hrs 8mins if you'd like to catch the interview.

https://t.co/29c4h5xmlP

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