Born in Moscow, Melnikov began studying music at age six at Moscow’s Central Music School. He continued at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Lev Naumov, graduating in 1997. Later he completed his post-graduate studies in Munich with Eliso Virsaladze. He also studied with Andreas Staier and Karl-Ulrich Schnabel
Along with solo and orchestral appearances, chamber music plays an important part in Melnikov's activities. Between 1993 and 2003 he performed with violinist Vadim Repin, and he presently appears with violinist Isabelle Faust. He appears regularly in piano duo appearances with Andreas Staier, Boris Berezovsky, and Alexei Lubimov.
Further Reading: Alexander Melnikov
Harmonia Mundi's ten-album series commemorating the centenary of Debussy's death continues with the Violin Sonata, Cello Sonata, and Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp.
James listens to a fascinating new disc from pianist Alexander Melnikov, who performs four pieces of music by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, and Stravinsky, on four different pianos.