Alexandre Kantorow, a magician in real life

Orchestra seats

9 p.m. on France 5

Messy hair, a slightly nonchalant look, a gentle and lively gaze at the same time… Alexandre Kantorow, 25, looks like many young people today. And he is indeed a young man of today, as evidenced by the unfussy simplicity with which he converses in the company of Anne Sinclair. Yet this face and, above all, these hands belong to one of the most admired artists on the classical music circuit. A virtuoso, a gifted.

The son of two violinists – his father Jean-Jacques Kantorow is also a conductor – he came fully into the limelight in 2019, winning first prize and the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky piano competition in Moscow. Never had a French musician been crowned in the Russian capital. The one who dreamed of being an astronaut then sees himself legitimately crowned as one of the most remarkable performers of his generation and, very quickly, his career, in France and abroad, takes off. In 2020, Alexandre Kantorow won the Victory for Classical Music in the “instrumental soloist” category.

Moments of grace

It is therefore to a master – admittedly a young master – that France 5 offers its “Orchestral armchair” of the day, presented by Anne Sinclair, visibly charmed. The artist passes easily, sometimes a little surprised by so much praise, from his piano to the gray sofa installed in the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, which nightclub-style lights from the 1980s unfortunately trivialize: no doubt to “desacralize it in the eyes of viewers supposedly eager for cheap glitter.

But it would be wrong to stop at such a trifle and you have to peck in this program the magic moments, those where the pianist lets his bird-hands create the enchantment, powerful enough to cross the small screen. Besides his father, a fine gallery of musician friends accompanied Alexandre Kantorow: cellist Aurélien Pascal, soprano Alexandra Marcellier, conductor Lucie Leguay…

Source : BBN NEWS

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