ALEXANDER MARIA WAGNER
Alexander Maria Wagner (born 1995) composed his 1st Symphony, entitled “KRAFTWERK”, at the age of 14. Alexei Kornienko, the principal conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, was so thrilled by this youthful orchestra work that he recorded it on CD for Oehms Classics.
Alexander studied piano and composition with Franz Hummel and Tristan Murail. He worked with Pavel Gililov at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where he also studied composition. In 2019/20 he completed his master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in London, receiving the Leverhulme Arts Scholarship.
He has made numerous concert appearances in Germany (including Herkulessaal and Gasteig Munich, Beethoven-Haus and Beethovenfest Bonn, Karlshalle Ansbach, Audimax Regensburg, and Max-Reger-Halle Weiden, among many others) and abroad (France, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Romania, Italy, Azerbaijan, and the United States).
Broadcasters and critics across Austria and Germany have followed his promising career, including the Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Deutschlandradio Kultur, 3Sat and ORF.
Reviewing Alexander’s second CD – featuring piano works by Bach and Schumann plus one of his own compositions – the critic Ingo Harden wrote in Fono Forum that:
“…[he] astounds from the first to the last bars with the unfeigned directness of his playing and the lucid, self-assured decisiveness of his message. […] [his] play is tremendously vigorous and vivacious, the interpretation is excitingly accomplished and distinctive, and he masters the manifold pianistic and musical obstacles with an overwhelming bravura, as though they did not exist at all.”
He gave his acclaimed solo debut in the Herkulessaal in Munich in January 2016.
In the spring of 2017, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra recorded his 2nd Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with him as the soloist.
In autumn 2018, Alexander made his debut with the Jenaer Philharmonie. Soon afterwards, he was awarded a scholarship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to compose his Viennese Operetta “Café Ringelspiel”, and spent several months in the United States. In spring 2021, the English National Ballet School London chose to set the final movement of his Second Symphony to new contemporary choreography.