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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 Pianist4 days ago
I had the great pleasure of interviewing one of Australia’s leading composers, Brett Dean. I am equally pleased to be playing his music in ‘Crimson’ and hope to see some friends at the shows x
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Brisbane Music Festival
Composer Brett Dean in discussion with Alex Raineri Pianist, on his work 'Hommage a Brahms' which is featured in 'Crimson' (March 1, 3 + 5).

Tickets at https://brismusicfestival.com/crimson/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NSNOu0JgqE&t=460s
Alex Raineri Pianist
Alex Raineri Pianist4 days ago
Playing some excellent music in the coming week. Brisbane friends, please join me!

https://brismusicfestival.com/crimson/
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Brisbane Music Festival
AD Alex Raineri Pianist on ‘Crimson’ which features next week - March 1, 3 + 5.
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Alex Raineri Pianist6 days ago
A interview with my friend and collaborator Jenna Robertson in the lead up to the next festival show. We talk about many big things...and my awesome lamp 💡😂
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Brisbane Music Festival
Jenna Robertson interviews BMF Artistic Director Alex Raineri Pianist for Episode 3 of the 2021 ‘Meet the Creative Team’ series.

We hope to see you at Alex’s solo recital ‘Crimson’ next week - March 1st, 3rd and 5th.

https://youtu.be/vI00IPEeb3o
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Alex Raineri Pianist1 week ago
I'm in Adelaide! ... and will be playing my solo Chopin program (below) in four shows over the next two evenings.

Berceuse, Op. 57
Nocturne in Db, Op. 27 #2
Nocturne in C# minor, Op. post
Scherzo No. 3 in C# minor
24 Preludes, Op. 28

Thursday 25th Feb
6:30pm (limited remaining tix)
8:30pm

Friday 26th Feb
6:30pm (SOLD OUT)
8:30pm (limited remaining tix)

https://feverup.com/m/88706
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Alex Raineri Pianist1 week ago
So looking forward to playing some extraordinary music next week. Join me in the confines of my own music studio, for the next instalment in this years Brisbane Music Festival. All three shows are close to capacity so jump in quick 😜🎶
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Alex Raineri Pianist1 week ago
‘Souvenirs de Aranjuez’, Feb 21st, Southern Cross Soloists and Slava Grigoryan in the QPAC concert hall. Some beautiful images 😇

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1 week ago
First interstate travel in a while! Solo Chopin recital in Adelaide, four shows over the next two evenings 🎶

https://t.co/4KYqsahQvQ
3 weeks ago
Huge thanks to all who attended 'Songs of Love and Death' and to our friends at @OperaQueensland for co-presenting our Bris Music Festival opening show. Australian Stage Online have released a lovely review of the event.

https://t.co/gpN2el9Ejf
3 weeks ago
Liftoff for the 2021 Brisbane Music Festival this evening + tomorrow arvo!

Songs of Love and Death, featuring Jane Sheldon + yours truly. Music by Debussy, Sheldon/Curwin + Messiaen. In partnership with @OperaQueensland

https://t.co/iI53N70ENg
1 month ago
@4mbsclassicfm listeners can now enjoy #alexontheairwaves as i’m now one of the team of presenters 🤟🎶 #4mbs #radio #classical https://t.co/G8Ur7oj8JX
3 months ago
Very pleased to be contributing to Sunday’s Ensemble Q / @4MBS 4MBS Beethoven Marathon.

Limited tix available if you fancy a live concert! I’m playing the ‘Moonlight’ Sonata in Concert 4 and a selection of Bagatelles + Fur Elise in Concert 1.

https://t.co/Ge27PeEigw
3 months ago
It’s fun isn’t it! I think it was a Myer purchase. It’s a Kenji shirt though 🕺 https://t.co/5JlLQQoHoA

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