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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 Pianist2 days ago
In navigating into the next phase of my career, as of March earlier this year, I have stepped away from the piano chair of Southern Cross Soloists.

A brief message as follows.

“After six and a half years of countless concerts and magical artistic experiences, it is with bittersweet feelings that I depart from the SxS piano chair.

I would like to thank all of the SxS musicians (past and present) for their collaboration and beautiful friendships. Many thanks to the amazing management and to the team at QPAC, Bangalow Music Festival and the numerous touring venues that I have had the pleasure to play in during my time with SxS. Finally, thank you to Tania Frazer for welcoming me into the SxS family and for the countless opportunities over the years.”
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Alex Raineri Pianist5 days ago
The final movement of Franck’s glorious Sonata with Anne Horton at our recital earlier in the year at Museum of Brisbane.

Thanks Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra for the feature 🥰
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Alex Raineri Pianist5 days ago
Thank you Brisbane Stage 🥰

“Alexandra Flood and Alex Raineri’s music blooms with extra life, texture, and dimension. This is the strength of the collaboration between the two artists, who bring together their respective talents and creative visions, to move, to soothe, and to inspire their audiences.”

https://www.brisbanestage.com/single-post/eastern-promises-review
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Alex Raineri Pianist6 days ago
Thank you Australian Stage Online for the kind words about my recitals last week with Alexandra Flood for Opera Queensland.

“Raineri’s playing increases in stature every time I hear him. He is so relaxed now, letting the piano speak and the phrases breathe, and conveys a striking command of the architecture of the music.”

Full review via link below!

https://www.australianstage.com.au/202109199277/reviews/brisbane/eastern-promises-%7C-opera-queensland.html
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Alex Raineri Pianist6 days ago
Tomorrow, Natsuko Yoshimoto and I take to the stage of the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall presenting a gorgeous program of Debussy, Ravel and Franck Sonatas which we presented recently as part of the 2021 Brisbane Music Festival season.

It's only $24 to tune in, and you can watch from anywhere around the world. Be sure to purchase your tix before the 'show time' though the video is available for viewing up to 72 hours after.

https://watch.melbournedigitalconcerthall.com/#/item/77240
Alex Raineri Pianist
Alex Raineri Pianist7 days ago
Thank you Limelight 🥰

“Alex Raineri is a gifted and very fine pianist, technically accomplished with first-rate attention to detail. He produced some truly beautiful, considered playing and ravishing harmonics. He is both a terrific accompanist, as well as a fine soloist in his own right. His playing of both the softer passages, predominantly in the French repertoire of Debussy and Ravel, as well as the delightful Heggie work, alongside such fiendishly fast and difficult pieces as the Dvořák Gypsy songs and Rachmaninov songs, was exemplary. The piano certainly came into its own in many of the delicate and fiery works.”

https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/reviews/eastern-promises-opera-queensland/

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6 days ago
Tomorrow on the Melb Digital Concert Hall, a gorgeous program of Debussy, Ravel and Franck Sonatas.

$24 + watch from anywhere around the world. Be sure to purchase tix before the 'show time' though video is available for viewing up to 72 hours after.

https://t.co/OxM06exuFA https://t.co/36AjnSDI8M
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1 week ago
Tonight at @hotagc , a very special performance of Corrina Bonshek’s ‘Nature Spirit’ as part of the William Robinson exhibit.

I’ll also be taking part in a panel discussion with Dame Quentin Bryce, @EadricAyres , Conal Coad and @joetwistmusic

https://t.co/zn0kczfA2x
2 weeks ago
Tonight + tomorrow!

@OperaQueensland presents ‘Eastern Promises’ with the incredible Alexandra Flood, and yours truly at the keys 🎹

https://t.co/ILNoWwzoOV
2 weeks ago
Next up in the concert calendar! Alexandra Flood and I have been hard at work preparing amazing works by Debussy, Ravel, Szymanowski, Rachmaninoff, Kate Miller Heidke and more. Only a few tix left to each show. Thank you Opera Queensland for featuring us in your studio series 🥰 https://t.co/ocQ4B9wh9a Raineri_Pianist photo

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