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 Pianist16 hours ago
Enjoy this magical lament by Ellen Zwilich which I was privileged to record recently with the fabulous Marian Heckenberg as part of Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra’s 5@5 series.
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Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra
For today's 5@5 with Camerata, we are thrilled to present dynamic duo, Alex Raineri and Marian Heckenberg.

As introduced in the episode by Marian, Camerata's Principal Double Bassist, they'll be performing Lament by American violinist, composer and academic Ellen Zwilich. Among many other accolades, Zwilich was the first female composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Classical pianist Alex Raineri, was recently described by Limelight Magazine as “a soloist of superb skill and musicality”, and is also the Artistic Director of Brisbane Music Festival. For those fortunate enough to snag a ticket, Alex performed a sold-out recital earlier this year with Brendan Joyce at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art presented by Camerata.

We hope you enjoy this moving edition of 5@5 with Camerata, featuring Marian Heckenberg and Alex Raineri.

#TuneInTuneOutWithCamerata
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Alex Raineri Pianist3 days ago
So excited for tomorrow's Brisbane Music Festival performance with Paul Dean & Trish Dean! Hope you can join us for some gorgeous music which i'm so thrilled to be playing with these wonderful friends and colleagues 😍

https://brismusicfestival.com/9-the-romantics/
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Alex Raineri Pianist6 days ago
The next BMF chapter live-streams this Saturday. Join us for some incredible music with one of Australia's powerhouse musical couples!

Tix only $30 and go directly to supporting artists in this time of crisis.
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Alex Raineri Pianist7 days ago
A pleasure to kind-of-collaborate with the incredible Lorina Gore in another episode of Opera Queensland’s ‘Aria A Day’ series 😇
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Opera Queensland
From Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales soprano Lorina Gore shares Sondheim’s ‘Green Finch and Linnet Bird’, from 'Sweeney Todd'. Lorina is joined by her foster rabbit and pianist Alex Raineri.

LORINA GORE
‘Green Finch and Linnet Bird’
from ‘Sweeney Todd’
by Stephen Sondheim
Piano Alex Raineri
#AnAriaADay #ThisIsOpera
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Alex Raineri Pianist1 week ago
A pleasure to contribute to Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Moments Musicaux’ series with Courtenay Cleary who I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with recently for a number of shows.

Enjoy this exquisite gem of a piece by Amy Beach 😍
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Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Moments Musicaux #5! This time we have frequent MCO violinist Courtenay Cleary, who's recently returned from studying at Juilliard, with pianist Alex Raineri performing American Romantic composer Amy Beach's gorgeous Romance.
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Alex Raineri Pianist1 week ago
So good to revisit Vine’s magical Flute & Piano Sonata with this talented flautist 👌🎶

Take a listen when you have a moment! 😜

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2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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
3 weeks ago
Thank you @QPAC for opening your doors. So excited and humbled to have played two sold-out shows in the concert hall over the past couple of days 🙏🎶🎹. Looking forward to repeating my slightly mad program on Thursday… https://t.co/4VWA3uLwoM
4 weeks ago
My two solo recitals this week at @QPAC are both sold out and I can't wait to share some music!!

Look out for the QPAC instagram tomorrow as i'll be doing a takeover ;-)

#atqpac #brisbaneanyday #thisisqueensland #itsliveinqueensland #seeaustralia

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