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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 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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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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