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 Pianist3 hours ago
Another nugget from today’s practice vault in preparation for tomorrow’s recording session. A beautiful number by my friend, composer and piano wizard, Peter de Jager.
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Alex Raineri Pianist8 hours ago
Toccata from Mirage by Alexander Voltz ... An extract of a rather tricky number, ahead of tomorrow’s visit to the recording studio - stay tuned for album details later in the year 😜
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Alex Raineri Pianist1 day ago
A pleasure to contribute keys to this beautiful performance of one of Duparc’s most hauntingly beautiful songs.
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Opera Queensland
Explore the rich melody of Duparc’s 1872 work ‘L’invitation au voyage’ for Bastille Day with soprano Leanne Kenneally Warnock. Taking its lyrics from a poem by Charles Baudelaire, Duparc’s ‘L’invitation au voyage’ is one of the most famous melodies of all time. It is rich with the composer’s signature depth and seriousness that he believed was lacking in the music of his peers. LEANNE KENNEALLY WARNOCK ‘L’invitation au voyage’ by Henri Duparc Piano Alex Raineri #ThisIsOpera #AnAriaADay
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Alex Raineri Pianist4 days ago
So very excited to be performing with Katie Stenzel - Soprano in the next Brisbane Music Festival live-streamed show on Saturday 18th July.

We have a STUNNING program of art song by Mozart, Hahn, Purcell, Vaughan-Williams, Walton, and selections from Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’, Rameau’s ‘The Incas of Peru’, Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’, Guettel’s ‘The Light in the Piazza’ and Miller-Heidke/Grandage’s ‘The Rabbits’.

We hope you can join us, and tune in from the comfort of your own homes 😊

https://brismusicfestival.com/4-wonderland/
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Alex Raineri Pianist6 days ago
In today’s paper!
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Alex Raineri Pianist2 weeks ago
Don't miss Brisbane Music Festival’s Gravity' this evening, 6-7pm (AEST) featuring myself, Oliver Scott, and Marian Heckenberg.

https://brismusicfestival.com/3-gravity/

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2 weeks ago
Lil bit of practice on the tin-can before today’s concert of Bach and Handel at the UQ School of Music with Huw Jones, Adam Chalabi and Patrick Murphy. Y’all can tune into the livestream at… https://t.co/sRmqqOpR2H
1 month ago
Ya boy has had a big day! Literally straight after the brisbanemusicfestival opening show finished I was thrilled to be part of the @QPAC celebration of Qld Day ‘True North’ with my incredible colleagues from… https://t.co/zuLlYCklOk
3 months ago
Little piece in today’s paper! Happy to be in such stellar company with @jaysongillham evakdiva_sop and Tahu Matheson. Thanks Phil Brown for those piece in today’s couriermail @qweekend and really looking forward to… https://t.co/BNectVHnwO

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