Alexander Boldachev

Alexander Boldachev is a virtuoso harpist, composer, teacher, exclusive artist of the Italian Harp house Salvi Harps, guest soloist of the Bolshoi Theater. He received a Master’s degree in harp, composition and conducting from the Zurich Academy of Arts, becoming the best graduate of Professor Catherine Michel. Laureate of more than a dozen prestigious international competitions, including composing competitions; awarded by the “Britain’s Brilliant Prodigies”, “Aoyama Music Award” in Kyoto, “Pro Europa” in Austria, presented by Heinz Fischer for high achievements in the field of culture; Fellow of the international foundations Vontobel in Switzerland and Banque Populaire in France, as well as the Russian foundations for
the development of young musicians Spivakov, Temirkanov, the Rotary Club and Houses of Music that gave a start to his career. Laureate of the Prix Walo television award in Switzerland.
In 2021, he was awarded a letter of thanks from the Minister of the Government of Moscow.
Over 25 years of active work, Alexander has established himself as a performer with a huge repertoire, a creative producer and organizer of concerts and events, an interesting speaker and presenter, a music researcher and arranger of more than 200 works of classical and pop music for harp, a bold composer looking for new forms of material distribution, an active user of social networks, a multi-format musician and conductor. He represents Russia on all continents, actively participates in the development of the modern image of the artist, transmits his knowledge in numerous master classes.The activity of the Russian harpist is devoted to the popularization of the harp, Russian music, creating a balance between “culture” and “art”, educational actions, and the fight against stereotypes.

In 2019, Alexander organized the first Harp Festival in Zurich, where many Russian artists,including Spivakov Foundation laureates, performed in creative collaboration with their Swiss colleagues. On October 20, 2020, Alexander initiated World Harp Day, which brought together more than 100 harpists from 50 countries on one online platform. For seven hours, musicians from all over the world performed national music. Alexander plays the harp, piano and writes music from the age of five. He began his musical education in his native St.Petersburg, from the age of twelve in France, and at the age of fifteen he continued his studies in Switzerland. He travels with solo concerts around the world, leads master classes at such educational institutions as the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Juilliard School in New York, Royal Academy in London, Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest. In 2018, he wrote and performed an electronic harp solo at the FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony, sharing the stage with Robbie Williams and Aida Garifullina. He performs in such world halls as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Hall of Gaveau in Paris, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Great Hall of the Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, and others, both with solo concerts and in collaboration with many European and Russian orchestras. Alexander was awarded the “Best Rock Cover Song” award from The Akademia Music Awards in Los Angeles for a unique performance of the song “Californication” by the American band Red Hot Chili Peppers. His extensive compositional activity concentrates on expanding the harp repertoire through transcriptions of classical music (“Scheherazade”,“Petrushka”, “Demon”), interpretation of popular hits (The Beatles, Nautilus Pompilius, ABBA, KINO, Deep Purple,Nirvana, Scorpions, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Adele) and movie music (“Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Spirited Away”,“Circus”, “My gentle and tender beast”).

In 2017, the chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theater, Tugan Sohiev, invited Alexander to perform on the premieres of “Carmen”, “The Condemnation of Faust” and the acclaimed “Nureyev”, where he edited and played the unique solo for the Harp on Stage. Some time later, the premiere of his opus “Verbum” based on a story by Nabokov for choir, harp, organ and reciter took place on the historical stage. Moreover, since 2017, Alexander has been working as a music director, composer and one of the actors of the play by Alla Demidova and Kirill Serebrennikov “Akhmatova. Poem without a hero” in the Gogol Center. One of the last theatrical works was the mono-play “Orpheus” together with Chulpan Khamatova.

Alexander Boldachev is a participant of the festivals Burning Man, Musical Olympus, New Names, Mozart+, Davos and Gstaad in Switzerland, Big Russian Ball in Rome, Bravo Award, SKIF Sergey Kuroyokhin, Burberry and D&G shows, projects of The Moscow and St. Petersburg Houses of Music.
The highlight of the year 2018 was the first World Tour: concerts and masterclasses in the USA, England, France, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Germany, Turkey, Argentina, Italy, Serbia, and Russia. Among his Albums are the “Frédéric” with Chopin’s music, “Harp as an Orchestra” with favorite Opera tunes, “From Russia with Harp” with 15 Russian Composers, and several joint projects with violin, flute, piano, and voice.

Russian Classical

  • Alexander Griboyedov – Valse E-moll
  • Michail Glinka – The Lark, Nocturne
  • Alexander Alyabyev – The Nightingale
  • Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade, The Old Castle, Baba-Jaga
  • Alexander Gretchaninov – Snowdrop
  • Alexander Glazunov – Solo from the Ballet Raymonda
  • Anatoly Lyadov – The Music Box
  • Sergei Rachmaninov – Prelude in cis-minor, Daisies
  • Sergei Prokofiev – Dance of Knights and Morning from the ballet Romeo and Julia
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Igor Stravinsky – Petrushka
  • Georgy Sviridov – Waltz from suite Snowstorm, Time Forward
  • Anton Arensky – Lily of the Valley
  • Sergei Slonimsky – Chechen Rhapsody, The Fire Bird
  • Anton Rubinstein – Fantasy on the themes from Opera The Demon by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow – Fantasy on the themes from Scheherazade

 

International Classical

Johann Sebastian Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor (arrangement by Dobrokhotov)

Ludwig van Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata

Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata No136 et No466

Louis-Claude Daquin – Le Coucou

Frederic Chopin – Waltz h-moll, Prelude e-moll, Fantasie-Impromptu

  1. Paris-Alvars – Introduction and Variations on the themes from Norma by Bellini

Albert Zabel – Fantasy on the themes from Opera Faust by Charles Gounod

Theodore Labarre – Ricordanza di Paganini

Bedřich Smetana – The Moldau (arrangement by H. Trneček)

W.A. Mozart – Figaro in Fatasie and Variations by François Laurent

Louis Spohr – Fantasie in С-minor

Henriette Renie – Ballade fantastique, Danse des Lutins, Legende

Gabriel Faure – Impromptu, The Girl in the Tower

Claude Debussy – I Arabesque, La fille avec cheveux de lin, Children’s Corner, Clair de Lune, Rêverie

Andre Caplet – Divertissement à la Française

Nino Rota – Sarabande e Toccata

Guillaume Connesson – Toccata

 

Crossover

  • Yann Tiersen – Amelie OST (movie)
  • Isaak Dunaevsky – Circus OST (movie)
  • Joe Hisaishi – Spirited Away OST (anime)
  • Beatles – Yesterday
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
  • Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Sting – Shape of my Heart
  • Bob Marley – Jammin
  • Nirvana – Smells like a teen spirit
  • Scorpions – Wind of change
  • Adele – Skyfall and James Bond (film music)
  • Jeremy Soule – Morrowind (game music)
  • Ramin Djawadi – Game of Thrones (serial music)
  • David Bowie – Space oddity
  • Koji Kondo – SuperMario

Harp and Orchestra

  1. Boieldieu – Concerto for Harp in C-major
  2. Handel – Concert in B-major
  3. Mozart – Concert for Harp and flute
  4. Pierne – Konzertstück
  5. Zabel – Concerto in c-minor
  6. Gliere – Concerto
  7. Williams – Harry Potter for 2 harps
  8. Ginastera – Concerto
  9. Rodrigo – Concierto “Aranjuez”
  10. Tailleferre – Concertino

 

Harp and Violin

  • G. Caccini (V. Vavilov) – Ave Maria
  • F. Kreisler – Liebesleid und Schön Rosmarin
  • G. Händel – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • E. Elgar – Salut d’Amour
  • J. Massenet – Meditation
  • V. Monti – Chardash
  • R. Wagner – Ein Albumblatt
  • C. Saint-Saens – The Swan
  • A. Piazzolla – Cafe 1930 und Liebertango
  • P. Tchaikovsky – Melodie and Scherzo
  • Nicolo Paganini: Introduction and Variations on aria Di tanti Palpiti
  • Camille Saint-Saens – Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op.124
  • C. Chaplin – Suite (Limelight, A King in New York, A countess from Hong Kon”)
  • J. Williams – StarWars
  • H. Zimmer and K. Badelt – The pirates of the Caribbean
  • N. Rota – Suite (Romeo and Juliet, 81⁄2, The Godfather)
  • R. Djawadi – Game of Thrones
  • É. Serra – Diva Song from The Fifth Element
  • H. Shore – Lord of the Rings
  • J. Hisaishi – Howl’s Moving Castle
  • T. Bush – World of Warcraft

Harp and Flute

Johann Sebastian Bach – Air

Johann Sebastian Bach – Siciliano

Christoph Willibald Gluck – Reigen seliger Geister und Mélodie

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Andantino

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Andante in C major

Giuseppe Saverio Mercadante – Largo

Franz Schubert – Ave Maria

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Andante espressivo Es-Dur

Johann Sebastian Bach/Charles Gounod – Ave Maria

Gabriel Fauré – Après un rêve

Camille Saint-Saëns – Romance

Charles-Marie Widor – Romance

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski – Douce rêverie

Gabriel Fauré – Berceuse

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski – Valse sentimentale

Camille Saint-Saëns Le cygne

Gabriel Fauré – Pavane

Claude Debussy – Rêverie

Gabriel Fauré – Sicilienne

Jules Massenet – Méditation

Claude Debussy – Clair de lune

Carl Reinecke – Lento e mesto

Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une infante défunte

Claude Debussy – La fille aux cheveux de lin

Sergei Wassiljewitsch Rachmaninow – Vocalise

Henri Tomasi – Le Petit Chevrier Corse

Otar Taktakischwili – Aria

Ian Clarke – Orange Dawn

George Frideric Handel – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

François Joseph Gossec – Tambourin (from: Le triomphe de la République)

Antonio Bazzini – La ronde des Lutins/Scherzo fantastique

François Schubert – L’Abeille/The Bee

Antonín Dvořák – Humoreske

Benjamin Godard – Valse

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski – Dance of the Mirlitons

Wilhelm Popp – Russisches Zigeundlied

Patápio Silva – Primeiro amor

Aram Khachaturian – Lezginka

Pablo de Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen

Béla Bartók – 6 rumänische Volkstänze

Georg Philipp Telemann – Recorder Sonata

Franz Doppler – Airs Valaques, Fantaisie pour flute et piano

John Rutter – Prelude, Ostinato, Aria, Waltz (from: Suite Antique)

Harp and Saxophone

  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Aria
  • Astor Piazzolla – Ave Maria, Oblivion, Libertango
  • Darius Milhaud – Brasileira
  • Michael Jackson – Speechless, Billie Jean
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s OST – Moon River
  • Good Morning Vietnam OST – What a wonderful world
  • Frank Sinatra – My Way
  • Sting – Shape of my Heart
  • Sia – Chandelier
  • One Republic – Counting Stars
  • Mikhail Glinka – Ruslan and Lyudmila
  • Alexander Borodin – Prince Igor
  • Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition excerpts
  • Alexander Spendiarov – Haiterma
  • Peter Tchaikovsky – Russian Dance from Sleeping Beauty
  • Shostakovich – Romance from the movie Ovod and the Waltz from Jazz Suite No2
  • Gregory Sviridov – Time, Forward!

Harp and Saxophone

Johann Sebastian Bach – Aria

Astor Piazzolla – Ave Maria, Oblivion, Libertango

Darius Milhaud – Brasileira

Michael Jackson – Speechless, Billie Jean

Breakfast at Tiffany’s OST – Moon River

Good Morning Vietnam OST – What a wonderful world

Frank Sinatra – My Way

Sting – Shape of my Heart

Sia – Chandelier

One Republic – Counting Stars

Mikhail Glinka – Ruslan and Lyudmila

Alexander Borodin – Prince Igor

Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition excerpts

Alexander Spendiarov – Haiterma

Peter Tchaikovsky – Russian Dance from Sleeping Beauty

Shostakovich – Romance from the movie Ovod and the Waltz from Jazz Suite No2

Gregory Sviridov – Time, Forward!
Harp and String Orchestra

Nirvana – Smells like a teen spirit

AC/DC – Highway to Hell

Led Zeppelin – Stairways to Heaven

Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence

John Williams – from the movie Star Wars

Tariverdiev, Schnittke, Schwarz – Music from Soviet Movies

Howard Shore – from the movie Lord of the Rings

Stanley Myers – from the movie The Deer Hunter

Georg Christoph WAGENSEIL – Harp Concerto

Maurice RAVEL – Introduction and Allegro

Jean Michel DAMASE – Concertino for harp and strings

Claude Debussy – Dance Sarcee et Dense Profane

Isaac Albeniz – Asturias

Camille Saint-Saens – Death’s Dance

Carl Orff and Giuseppe Verdi – Dies Irae & O Fortuna

Gustav Mahler – Adagietto

Sergei Prokofiev – Dance of the Knights from the ballet Romeo and Juliet

Harp and Organ

  • Marcel Grandjany – Aria in a classic style
  • Franz Poenitz – Catalonisches Lied, Phantasie
  • Camille Saint-Saens – Aquarium, Cygne
  • Alexander Boldachev – Verbum after Nabokov for Harp, Organ, Choir and Text and others

Harp and Voice

avec Tenor:

  • Franz Schubert – Winterreise, Die schöne Müllerin
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – An die ferne Geliebte
  • Francesco Paolo Tosti – La serenata, L’ultima Canzone
  • Benjamin Britten – Death of the Saint Narcissus and others

avec Soprano:

  • Maurice Ravel – Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera, Histoires naturelles
  • Claude Debussy – Romances
  • Manuel de Falla – Soneto a Córdoba
  • Eva Dell’Aqua – Villanelle
  • Giacomo Puccini – O mio babbino caro and others

Harp and Ballet

Alexander Glazunov – Raymonda

Leon Minkus – Don Quixote

Petr Tchaikovksy – Sleeping Beauty and others

Harp and Cello

J.S Bach – Sonata Nr. 3 per Viola da Gamba in sol min. (BWV 1029)

Alfred Schnittke – Suite im alten Stil

Franz Schubert – Sonata Arpeggione in la minore

Astor Piazzolla – L’histoire du Tango, Libertango, Oblivion

Antonio Vivaldi – Sonata Nr. 5 in mi minore (RV 40)

Luigi Boccherini – Sonata in sol magg. detta la militare

Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)

Saint-Saens – The Swan

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