Full Biography

Described by Limelight Magazine as “a soloist of superb virtuosic skill and musicality”, Australian classical pianist Alex Raineri (b. 1993) is internationally active as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, curator, writer 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 of the major music festivals, prominent concert series and throughout regional areas. He is the artistic director of the annual Brisbane Music Festival and is a passionate exponent of contemporary music having given 129 world premieres and 89 Australian premiere performances to date.

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; Transfiguration (2019), Inventions (2019), I’ll Walk Beside You – Teddy Tahu Rhodes & Southern Cross Soloists (2018 – ABC Classics) and braneworlds – Kupka’s Piano (2017). 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, Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra and the Queensland Pops Orchestra.

Alex is a core member of the Southern Cross Soloists, company in residence at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Ongoing duo-partnerships include collaborative partnerships with; Tabatha McFadyen (soprano), Lina Andonovska (flute), Luke Carbon (clarinet), Alexandra Flood (soprano), Jessica Aszodi (soprano), Laurence Matheson (piano), Katina Olsen (dancer/choreographer), Trio Argenti (flute/cello/piano), Oliver Scott (cello) and Angus Wilson (percussion). Alex was the pianist and co-artistic director of contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano (2012-2018).

Other performative partnerships have included; Andreas Ottensamer, eighth blackbird, Paul Kildea, ELISION, Camerata, ensemble interface, Sara Macliver, Natalie Clein, Greta Bradman, Li Wei Qin, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jack Liebeck, Kathryn Stott, Slava Grigoryan, Brett Dean, Kaldor Public Arts Projects, Opera Queensland, Ensemble Offspring, Miroslav Petkov, Wilma Smith, Orava Quartet, Lisa Moore, James Crabb, Brendan Joyce, Bethany Simons, Karin Schaupp, Andrew Goodwin, Amalia Hall, Ensemble Nikel, Speak Percussion, Kroumata Percussion, Arcadia Quintet, Michael Houston, Andrew Pelletier, Anne Horton, Peter Bassett, Helen Morse, Damien Beaumont, Jason Klarwein, Matthew Connell, Richard Haynes, Carl Rosman, Expressions Dance Company, Helen Howard & Michael Futcher, Makeshift Dance Collective, and many others.

Having had several successes in the competition field, Alex has been the recipient of a number of major awards including first prizes in 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 prestigious ‘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 (2015, 2016, 2017).

Significant performances and festival appearances include; Brisbane Music Festival, Utzon Music Series, Bangalow Music Festival, Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Four Winds Festival, Ten Days on the Island, Canberra International Music Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Music by the Sea Festival, Castlemaine Festival, Recitals Australia, 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).

Alex's particular interest in contemporary art music has resulted in collaborative partnerships with many Australian and international composers, culminating in the commissioning and premiere of many new works - 129 world premieres and 89 Australian premiere performances to date. Many of these Australian premieres have been of works by the great names of 20th and 21st Century composition including; Olivier Messiaen, Helmut Lachenmann, Morton Feldman/Samuel Beckett, Steve Reich, John Cage, John Luther-Adams, Beat Furrer, Gyorgy Kurtag, Hans Werner Henze, Tristan Murail, Phillipe Hurel and Georges Aperghis.

As a writer, Alex is among the team of reviewers for 'Loudmouth', The Music Trust's e-zine having reviewed several albums and live performances of Australian artists. He holds sessional positions at the University of Quensland and Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) as an associate artist. Alex has also on numerous occasions worked as repetiteur for Opera Queensland for mainstage productions. 

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. 

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Alex Raineri Pianist22 hours ago
A little slice of 🇮🇪 for your Tuesday 🎶
Alex Raineri Pianist
Brisbane Music Festival
2020 HIGHLIGHTS 🎶

A wistful Irish air to soothe your Tuesday, as performed by Jenna Robertson and AD Alex Raineri Pianist.

Did you miss ‘Around the World’? Delayed viewings for our 2020 Streamed Series can be purchased up until December 31st. Visit www.brismusicfestival.com for info.

All proceeds support artists in this time of crisis.

https://youtu.be/ae9ptn3uNWc
Alex Raineri Pianist
Alex Raineri Pianist2 days ago
One of the fabulous BMF commissions from our digital festival 😎
Alex Raineri Pianist
Brisbane Music Festival
2020 HIGHLIGHTS 🎶

The World Premiere of ‘Public Figure’ by Jodie Rottle, performed by Angus Wilson & AD Alex Raineri Pianist.

Did you miss ‘New Sounds’? Delayed viewings for our 2020 Streamed Series can be purchased up until December 31st. Visit www.brismusicfestival.com for info.

All proceeds support artists in this time of crisis.

https://youtu.be/IOox135E-yo
Alex Raineri Pianist
Alex Raineri Pianist4 days ago
It was super nice collaborating with my talented sister in this years BMF. Happy to share this small slice of what was a really fun show 😊
Alex Raineri Pianist
Brisbane Music Festival
2020 HIGHLIGHTS 🎶

Musical theatre performer Laura Raineri and Alex Raineri Pianist perform an enchanting rendition of this famous song.

Did you miss ‘Harlequin’? Delayed viewings for our 2020 Streamed Series can be purchased up until December 31st. Visit www.brismusicfestival.com for info.

All proceeds support artists in this time of crisis.

https://youtu.be/Fp76zE96ED4
Alex Raineri Pianist
Alex Raineri Pianist5 days ago
Playing two shows by the sea at the Gold Coast (today/tomorrow) for Bleach Festival with Southern Cross Soloists ft. Chris Williams.

Free entry, though registration is required.

https://bleachfestival.com.au/events/dusk-recitals/
Alex Raineri Pianist
Alex Raineri Pianist6 days ago
An incredibly evocative and haunting work. Thank you Marian for exploring this wonderful music with me, hope you all enjoy!
Alex Raineri Pianist
Brisbane Music Festival
2020 HIGHLIGHTS 🎶

Bassist Marian Heckenberg and AD Alex Raineri Pianist perform Australian composer Andrew Schultz’s magical ‘Suspended Preludes’.

Did you miss ‘Gravity’? Delayed viewings for our 2020 Streamed Series can be purchased up until December 31st. Visit www.brismusicfestival.com for info.

All proceeds support artists in this time of crisis.

https://youtu.be/U0nQf6hrJHU
Alex Raineri Pianist
Alex Raineri Pianist7 days ago
Such a beautiful song 😍
Alex Raineri Pianist
Brisbane Music Festival
2020 HIGHLIGHTS 🎶

Katie Stenzel - Soprano and AD Alex Raineri Pianist perform Guettel’s ‘The Light in the Piazza’ from the musical of the same name.

Did you miss ‘Wonderland’? Delayed viewings for our 2020 Streamed Series can be purchased up until December 31st. Visit www.brismusicfestival.com for info.

All proceeds support artists in this time of crisis.

https://youtu.be/1LUooMeZtT0

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2 months ago
Schubert’s famous ‘Erlkonig’ -
another collab with bassist Marian Heckenberg for @camerataQCO 5 @5 Series 🧟‍♂️ 🐎 👦🏼😱 https://t.co/G1NuBNCZUh
2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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

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