Alexander Negrin

conductor
biography

Alexander Negrin has been hailed as one of the most exciting young conductors to emerge in recent years. Sensational reviews from concerts all over the world testify to his exceptional talent and audiences invariably demand his return wherever he appears. Recent appearances include concerts in the major cities of France, Hungary, Spain and Finland. He has appeared with world-renowned artists of the calibre of Ruggiero Ricci and Vadim Repin but he also makes it a point to work with younger musicians as well as soloists who are at the outset of their careers.

Alexander Negrin was born in Sydney, Australia to European parents and commenced his musical studies there at a very early age, beginning with piano and later adding organ, percussion and vocal studies. He gave his debut at the age of nine, conducting Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House, thus becoming one of the youngest conductors ever to have conducted a symphony orchestra.  Upon finishing school, he relocated to Europe and continued his musical studies in conducting, piano, organ and singing in Austria.  During this time he worked with Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Czech Philharmonic in Prague and Riccardo Muti at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, and was Deputy Choirmaster and Organist at Graz Cathedral.  In 2003, still a student, he was offered the post of conductor at the opera house in Baden.  His opera experience includes La Bohème, Aida, Parsifal, Tosca, Fidelio, Carmen, La Traviata, Das Rheingold, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and the Tales of Hoffmann.     Alexander Negrin has conducted symphony orchestras including the Graz Philharmonic, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden, Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Sofia Philharmonic, Plauen-Zwickau Philharmonic, Neue Lausitzer Philharmonic, Schleswig-Holstein Philharmonic and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. As an accomplished pianist and organist he has given organ recitals in major cathedrals and churches in Germany, Austria, England, the USA and Australia.  

 

Alexander Negrin wurde als Sohn europäischer Eltern in Sydney Australien geboren und begann bereits sehr früh mit seiner musikalischen Ausbildung, zuerst mit Klavier, später mit Orgel, Schlagzeug und Gesang. Als einer der jüngsten Dirigenten, die jemals ein großes Orchester leiteten, debütierte er als Neunjähriger mit der 5. Symphonie von Beethoven und dem Sydney Symphony Orchestra im Opernhaus von Sydney. Nach Beendigung seiner Schulausbildung übersiedelte er nach Österreich und studierte dort Dirigieren, Klavier, Orgel und Gesang.  Während dieser Zeit arbeitete er mit Vladimir Ashkenazy bei der Tschechischen Philharmonie in Prag, Riccardo Muti an der Römischen Oper und war stellvertretender Chormeister und Organist am Dom in Graz. 2003, noch als Student wurde er Dirigent am Opernhaus Baden. Sein Opernrepertoire umfaßt u.a. La Bohème, Aida, Parsifal, Tosca, Fidelio, Carmen, La Traviata, Das Rheingold, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg und Hoffmanns Erzählungen. Alexander Negrin dirigierte zahlreiche Symphonieorchester wie das Philharmonische Orchester Graz, das Hessische Staatsorchester, das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, das Orchester des Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Sofia Philharmonic, die Plauen-Zwickau Philharmonie, die Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie, die Schleswig-Holstein Philharmonie und die Sydney und Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. Als Pianist und Organist gab er zahlreiche Konzerte in bedeutenden Kathedralen  und Kirchen in Deutschland, Österreich, England, den USA und Australien.                                                                                                         

Repertoire

Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn  

etc. (Symphonies, Concerti, Overtures, Suites, Masses, Oratorios)

Beethoven ,Fidelio'

Bizet ‚L'Arlesienne' suites, ,Carmen'

Britten Variations & Fugue on a theme of Purcell

Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1

Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 4, 6 and 7

Chopin Piano Concerti

Debussy Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un Faune, La mer, Nocturnes

Dvorak Symphony No. 9, Cello Concerto

Elgar – Enigma Variations, Symphony No. 2, Introduction and Allegro, Concerti, In the South overture, Falstaff, Dream of Gerontius, Serenade for strings, Froissart Overture

Fauré Pelleas et Melisande Suite, Requiem

Grieg Peer Gynt Suites, Piano Concerto

Händel Concerti Grossi, Fireworks Music, Water Music, Organ Concerti, Choral works

Holst The Planets

Lutoslawski Concerto for orchestra

Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 8, Orchestral songs

Moussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain

Offenbach 'Tales of Hoffmann', 'Orpheus in the Underworld'

Panufnik Sinfonia Sacra

Pfitzner Palestrina Preludes

Prokofiev Symphony No. 1, Violin Concerto No. 1

Puccini Boheme, Tosca, Manon Lescaut

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2, Bolero, Ma mere l'oye, La valse, Pavane

Respighi Antiche Arie Suites, Fontane di Roma, Concerto Gregoriano, Gli uccelli

Shostakovich Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9

Sibelius Finlandia

Smetana The Moldau

Stravinsky Firebird, Petrushka Ballet Suites

J. Strauss Waltzes, Die Fledermaus, Der Zigeunerbaron

R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel, Don Juan, Rosenkavalier Walzerfolge, Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils

Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1

Verdi Traviata, Trovatore, Rigoletto, Aida

Wagner Orchestral excerpts from the operas, complete Meistersinger, Parsifal, Rheingold

Weber Overtures ,Oberon' and ,Der Freischütz'

Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia, Overture 'The Wasps'


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Reviews
LE JEUNE CHEF ALEXANDER NEGRIN: UNE DÉCOUVERTE.
 Concerts Classiques Épinal,
"Ce langoureux vertige s'est imposé tout au long de la soirée, par le style de direction adopté par le jeune chef australien Alexander NEGRIN. Une découverte. Une heureuse surprise. Un orchestre curieusement transformé par ce travail tout en finesse, en légèreté, en coloris chatoyants. Une approche très fidèle du pur style viennois, avec ces incessants ralentissimi, ses cordes frémissantes, et ces cuivres assagis, très éloignés des flonflons habituels de ces diaporamas symphoniques de Nouvel AN!
Alexander NEGRIN a nettement imposé sa marque personnelle dans la mise en espace des grands tubes des STRAUSS, père et fils : l'Ouverture du "BARON TZIGANE", les "ROSES DU SUD", "Le Beau Danube Bleu", "La valse de l'EMPEREUR". Mais il a su souligner aussi, avec infiniment de délicatesse, la richesse et la nouveauté d'écriture des "Suites de valses" de Gabriel PIERNÉ (accents mis sur les timbres instrumentaux, les bois en particulier). Là encore, beaucoup de charme et de légèreté dans ces pages séduisantes. De petits chefs-d'oeuvre de cette musique réputée légère mais consolatrice.
Le chef australien a également eu le mérite de rajeunir les traditions straussiennes en rendant hommage à Edward ELGAR, à Florent SCHMITT (avec "MUNICH" parmi ses huit valses), à Max REGER et, surtout au si sympathique provocateur que fut Erik SATIE, signataire d'une Valse encanaillée, fourrée entre deux "GYMNOPÉDIES", comme de la frangipane dans une galette des ROIS. 

Le style viennois, certes, n'est pas à la portée de tout le monde!

"
(P.J.)
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A splendid bouquet of waltzes at the Arsenal in Metz
 Luxemburger Wort,
"Twice sold out on Friday December 27 and Sunday, December 29, 2013 for the New Year's Concert, presented by the Orchestre National de Lorraine under the direction of Alexander Negrin, a young conductor, born in Sydney to European parents and of Austrian training. The programme, eclectic but coordinated with intelligence, included works by Johann Strauss jun. ( Ouverture " The Gypsy Baron ", " Rosen aus dem Süden ", " Pizzicato -Polka ", " Kaiserwalzer " ), Richard Strauss ("Rosenkavalier - Walzerfolge " ) Gabriel Pierné ("Viennoise") , Florent Schmitt ( excerpt from "Reflets d'Allemagne"), Edward Elgar ("Mina" and "Sevillana") , Giuseppe Martucci ("Tarantella"), Max Reger ( " Valse d'amour" op. 130) and Erik Satie (Valse "Je te veux" in an orchestration by Roberto Benzi, who was present in the audience), all crowned by "The blue Danube " and a double execution of the inevitable "Radetzky March ".

Long ovations at the end of the concert were directed at the musicians of the Orchestre National de Lorraine, masterfully led by Alexander Negrin, a conductor constantly at ease, leading his musicians with a perfect musical consciousness. His precise gestures, light and elegant, allowed the orchestra to breathe all the while ensuring a progression of sound directly related to the special subtleties of the musical accents of these so-called light works. Impressive how the conductor managed to differentiate the orchestral colors (Richard Strauss!) and to cause the metric " delay " in the Viennese waltzes to vibrate. A radiant matinée that ends the musical year of Metz beautifully.

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(Loll Weber)
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