Alexej Gorlatch, 2008
born 1988 in Kiew, Ukraine; lives in Münster
Alexej Gorlatch was born in 1988 in Kiev/Ukraine and started playing the piano when he was seven. At the age of 12, he became a protégé student at the Berlin University of the Arts with Prof. Martin Hughes. Since 2002 he has been studying at the Hanover Music University as a student of Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling; first as a youngster, and – since he received his high school diploma in 2007 – as a regular student.
Alexej won the first prize at one of the most renowned competitions of the world, the International Hamamatsu Piano Competition 2006 in Japan; there, he also received a prize for the best interpretation of a Japanese music piece. Briefly before, he had won the 1st prize at the August-Everding music competition in Munich, as well as at the Richard Laug competition in Mannheim (Germany). These successes were preceded by numerous victories at youngster competitions, i.a. at the Steinway competitions in Berlin and Hamburg, at the Grand Prix in Vienna, at the Grotrian-Steinweg competition in Braunschweig, and at several “Jugend Musiziert” competitions. Moreover, Alexej Gorlatch was very successful at the international piano competition in Ettlingen and at the Vladimir-Horowitz competition in Kiev.
At the world famous international Chopin competition in Warsaw 2005, Alexej was awarded the diploma of a semifinalist. His latest success includes the audience award at the international Beethoven Competition Bonn 2007 and the 2nd place at the International Piano Competition 2008 in Seoul. At the German Music Competition in 2008, Gorlatch received the sought-after German music award. Thus, for the very first time after 15 years, it is again a pianist who is among the award winners of this competition. In the same year Alexej Gorlatch won the ZF Musik Award in Friedrichshafen.
Alexej regularly gives concerts in Germany and abroad. He already did recitals in the Carnegie Hall New York, at the Salle Alfred Cortot Paris and the Kioi Hall Tokyo. He was invited as a guest at the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki/Poland, at the festival of the Europäische Wochen in Passau, at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and at the Braunschweig Classix Festival.
As a soloist, he is working with prestigious orchestras, like the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the National State Orchestra of Ukraine, the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Südwestdeutschen Philharmonie Konstanz. Alexej Gorlatch has received multiple scholarships by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
freitag artists, Frankfurt am Main