Alexander Chaplinskiy is a pianist, chorus master, conductor, music arranger, and coach.
“To convey all that in a fully costumed lengthy opera with scenery and orchestra is to be expected, but to achieve all that in a one-hour piano reduction with only the highlights presented is nothing short of miraculous. This miracle rested on the shoulders of some excellent artists, including pianist Alexander Chaplinskiy who likely made his own reduction of the score, allowing all the instrumental lines to be heard and all of Tchaikovsky’s emotional content to be felt. The piano became a condensed orchestra.” – Voce di Meche about Chaplinskiy’s role in the Eugene Onegin production, Russian Opera Society at the National Opera Center, New York City
“…a rockstar Russian pianist, playing a Russian composer’s stirring musical portrait of The Great Gate of Kiev. Alexander Chaplinskiy’s fingers were the vehicles through which his heart, energy, and soul existed within Mussorgsky’s notes. I want to believe its proud melody, played so powerfully, sprang across the ocean and into the ears of a very proud people.” – Chris Ruel, Operawire, about the Benefit Concert to support Ukraine, March 2022.
Mr. Chaplinskiy was graduated cum laude from Saint-Petersburg Glinka Choral College, where he studied piano with Andrey Gorlov and Eugene Sirotkine. Alexander worked at the renowned Mikhailovsky and Mariinskiy Theaters (St. Petersburg, Russia). He participated in the productions of “Iolanta” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Peter the Great” by Andrey Petroff, “Silva” by Emmerich Kalmann, and “The Three Musketeers” by Alexander Tchaikovsky, as well as “The Children Chorus of Russia”.
Alexander worked as a pianist and accompanist at the Saint- Petersburg State Conservatory Chamber Choir. He has participated in an array of projects including the “Yaroslavna” ballet by Boris Tischenko, “Stabat Mater” by Tomaso Traetta, “Requiem” by Igor Vorobioff, “Catulli Carmina” by Carl Orff. At the same time, Mr. Chaplinskiy was invited by the Saint-Petersburg State University to join its choir as a choirmaster, pianist, arranger, and accompanist. There he coached the chorus and performed as a keyboard player in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony 8. He was also a part of the Russian premiers of “Messa per la pace” and Requiem by Karl Jenkins.
As a music director, Mr. Chaplinskiy has accomplished his own projects such as the Russian premier of Steve Reich’s “Eight Lines” and “Tehillim”, as well as the world premiere of “The day of Angel” by Maria Grigoryeva.
Alexander’s piano performances included Piano Recital at the Saint-Petersburg University, a performance at Carnegie Hall as a finalist of the Forte International Music Competition, as well as Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto 2 with Moskovsky Cultural Centre Symphony conducted by Vladimir Smirnoff.
In addition to being a finalist in the above-mentioned Forte International Music Competition, Mr. Chaplinskiy was awarded with the Third Prize at the prestigious Russian National Musical Competition in choir conducting.