Alexander Boldachev is a virtuoso harpist, composer, teacher, world-renowned musician, official artist of Salvi Harps, founder of Harp Festival Zurich, invited soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre. Laureate of more than a dozen prestigious international competitions; awarded by the “ Britain’s Brilliant Prodigies ”, “ Pro Europa ” in Austria and “ Aoyama Music Award ” in Japan, Prix Walo TV Award in Switzerland; In the early years he was supported and promoted by the Spivakov and Temirkanov foundations, the Rotary Club, the Houses of Music, the “Banque Populaire” and the “Vontobel Stiftung: Lyra”. He studied at the Zurich University of the Arts and became the best graduate of professor Catherine Michel, studying piano, composition, and conducting.
Alexander has been playing both the harp and the piano and composing music since the age of five. He was born in St. Petersburg then started to get lessons in France when he was twelve. In Zurich Alexander has been living since the age of fifteen, and received the citizenship of Switzerland. Today, being busy with the concert schedule he is traveling around the world.
In June 2018 Alexander performed his own composition on the “Delta” Electric Harp at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup, sharing the stage with Robbie Williams and Aida Garifullina. Same year for the unique performance of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song « Californication » on the harp, Alexander got the prize » Best Rock Song Cover » from the Akademia Music Award in Los Angeles.
As a teacher, he is leading the Masterclasses at such universities as the Royal Academy of Music , the Liszt Academy , the Julliard School , the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and et al. His extensive compositional activity concentrates on expanding the harp repertoire by means of transcriptions of classical music (“Scheherazade”, “Petrushka”, “Romeo&Julia”), interpretation of
popular hits (The Beatles, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Nirvana, Scorpions, Adele) and movie music (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Fifth Element, Spirited Away, James Bond). Also, Alexander writes his own classical, electronic music and improvise, performing his own compositions on the concerts.
In 2017, the artist was invited to the Bolshoi Theatre by its musical director Tugan Sokhiev to perform on premieres of Operas and Ballets and the acclaimed show « Nureyev », where he edited and played the unique solo for the Harp on Stage. Moreover, since 2017 Alexander has been working as a music director, composer and actor in “Poem without a Hero” created by Alla Demidova and Kirill Serebrennikov in Gogol Centre. With Kirill Serebrennikov he worked in many projects, including the debut work as the main role actor and composer in the short film dedicated to Paradzhanov. Alexander is conducting and moderating different types of performances and shows including collaboration with ballet dancers, actors, instrumentalists, and even circus artists. In 2020 he had his debut performance at Carnegie Hall.
Alexander Boldachev is a participant of the festivals Burning Man, Musical Olympus, New Names, Mozart+, Davos and Gstaad in Switzerland, Big Russian Ball in Rome, Bravo Award, SKIF Sergey Kuroyokhin, Burberry and D&G shows, projects of The Moscow and St. Petersburg Houses of Music, « Young Performers of Russia », « Next Generation », « River of Talents ». Alexander took part as a Jury member of the “Nota Bene” competition, First national symphonic musicians competition in Moscow and the Harp Association Prize in Indiana, America.
The highlight of the year 2018 was the World Tour concerts and masterclasses took place in the USA, England, France, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Germany, Turkey, Argentina, Italy, Serbia, and Russia.
Among his Albums are the “Harp as an Orchestra” with favorite Opera tunes, “From Russia with Harp” with 15 Russian Composers and several joint projects with violin, flute, piano, and harp.