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Alexander Gurning - piano

“The soul of a poet” according to Le Monde de la Musique.

Alexander Gurning is a remarkable musician. Of Polish / Indonesian parentage, he was born in Belgium in 1973 and studied at the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels where he won the top prizes and subsequently became Evgeny Moguilevsky’s assistant for three years. He studied additionally with Naumov and Merzhanov at the Moscow Conservatory.

Alexander Gurning has appeared at the Peking, Sapporo, Schleswig-Holstein, Obidos, Lugano, La Roque d’Anthéron, Saratoga, Tanglewood and Verbier Festivals.

His discography includes chamber music with the Soledad Ensemble (for Virgin Classics), with Renaud Capuçon (for EMI), and also solo repertoire... His recording of works by Stravinsky and Debussy in the EMI series “Martha Argerich presents” received a CHOC recommendation from Le Monde de la Musique.

With Sébastien Surel and Sébastien Walnier, he founded in 2004, the Talweg Trio.

Alexander Gurning has played with

  • Orchestre National de Belgique,
  • Flanders Radio,
  • Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana,
  • Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France,
  • Boston Symphony and the
  • Philadelphia Orchestra, under the batons of Alexander Rabinovitch, Charles Dutoit and Myung-Whun Chung.


J.S. Bach : Goldberg Variations
BWV 988
Published on 6 Apr 2012

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Stravinsky, Debussy: Piano Works
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) : Three Movements from Petrouchka (Danse russe, Chez le Maure / La semaine grasse). Claude Debussy (1862-1918) : Préludes du 1er Livre (Voiles ; Le vent dans la plaine ; Des pas sur la neige ; La fille aux cheveux de lin ; La sérénade interrompue ; Minstrels), Images 2ème série (Cloches à travers les feuilles ; Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut ; Poissons d'or), Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (transcription L. Borwick). Alexander Gurning (piano). (EMI Classics 7243 5 62665 20)

 "the excitement that Gurning generates seems hardly sustainable, but everything is carefully graded"                                     THE GUARDIAN

"Alexander Gurning is a virtuoso, an atmospheric painter"                                      GRAMOPHONE

"voici un musicien profondément original! "

"à ses étonnantes facilités pianistiques s'ajoutent une transparence du jeu et une spontanéité expressive"            LE MONDE DE LA MUSIQUE



Gulda prelude and fugue

“The Soul of a Poet! "


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