Ullman gave a towering performance... as intelligently aware of the work's intricate architecture as he was dazzling in execution...
- Nottingham Post / Royal Concert Hall - November 2016
Praised for his subtle interpretations and refined technical mastery, British pianist Alexander Ullman has impressed audiences and critics worldwide with his deep understanding of the scores he interprets, his elegant touch and crystalline phrasing.
The winner of the 2017 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Alexander has performed at Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing).
He has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Oxford Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Budapest Radio Orchestra, as well as the New Jersey, Fort Worth and Montreal symphonies, working with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Giancarlo Guerrero, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Markus Stenz.
Chamber music highlights include performances at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove (UK), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades (France) and La Jolla Summerfest (US) with performers such as the Dover Quartet, violinists Barnabas Kelemen and Aleksey Semenenko, and cellist Michael Petrov.
Alexander has been featured in the Nottingham and Oxford international piano series, and on BBC Radio 3, France Musique and MDR Klassik.
Future engagements include recitals in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Colombia, Japan and China, as well as performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Korean Symphony Orchestra and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 he records his first solo album, featuring Stravinky’s Petrushka and Firebird suites, Prokofiev’s Six Pieces from Cinderella and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite.
Alexander first came to international attention in 2011 after winning the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest. Born in London, in 1991, he studied at the Purcell School, the Curtis Institute and the Royal College of Music, completing his Artist Diploma as the Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow in 2017 (awarded by the Philip Loubser Foundation). His teachers have included William Fong, Leon Fleisher, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Robert McDonald, Dmitri Alexeev, Ian Jones and Elisso Virsaladze.
From 2014 to 2017 Alexander was represented by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).
He heard the score with immense clarity and vision, and brought it to life as if the composer were watching over his shoulder.
- Huffington Post / Montréal Symphony Orchestra - June 2014