Alexander Kniazev was born in Moscow in 1961. At the age of three or four, he listened for the first time to a recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and demanded that his parents play it over and over until he had listened to it at least 50 times. Bach is Alexander Kniazev’s favourite composer to the present day.
After winning several competitions in the USSR, Italy and South Africa, he embarked on a concert career in 1978. Since this time he has performed extensively in Russia, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the USA, South Africa, Spain, Japan and South Korea. He has worked closely with the pianists Sviatoslav Richter, Nikolai Lugansky and Vladimir Spivakov, violinists Viktor Tretyakov and Vadim Repin and violist Yuri Bashmet, and has performed with conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Evgeny Svetlanov, Maxim Shostakovich and Vladimir Fedoseyev.
His enormous repertoire includes practically all cello compositions and many works for organ (he is also a highly accomplished organist). His remarkable recording of the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach marks an auspicious recording debut on the Warner Classics label.
“The cellist Alexander Kniazev – what a discovery: from the fire that characterises his playing to the rich sonoritiesto the lyricism of his bow” (Le Figaro)