36 ZAITSEV Aleksei

age 22

Sibelius Academy 2014–
Sibelius Academy Youth Department 2011–2014

Aleksei Zaitsev (born 21 March 1995, Outokumpu) has been studying at the Sibelius Academy with Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna since 2011, initially in the Youth Department. First he studied privately with Irina Zahharenkova until he entered the Sibelius Academy Youth Department. He has participated in many piano competitions: the Aarhus International Piano Competition 2017, the 7th New York International Piano Competition 2014, where he was a finalist, and the Kuopio Piano Competition, where he won the second prize. As a recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician, Zaitsev has performed in Finland, the United States, France, Belgium, the Baltic countries, Japan and Denmark. He appeared with the Joensuu City Orchestra in 2011 and 2016 and with Belgium’s Musica Mundi Festival Orchestra in 2012.


First round

J. S. BACH Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor (WTK 1)
HAYDN Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI/50
CHOPIN Etude in C major op. 10/1
SCRIABIN Etude in C-sharp minor op. 42/5
DEBUSSY Etude no. 11 ”Pour les arpèges composés”
MAGNUS LINDBERG Piano Jubilees nos. 2 and 6 (2002)

Second round

SIBELIUS Opus 103: I The Village Church; Opus 5: V Impromptu in B minor
SAARIAHO Arabesques et adages
BRAHMS Paganini Variations (Book I) op. 35
JANÁČEK Sonata 1.X.1905
RACHMANINOFF Sonata no. 2 in B-flat minor op. 36 (1931)


FRANCK Piano Quintet
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto no. 1 op. 23