Alexander Boldachev, harp
Harpist ALEXANDER BOLDACHEV is hailed for his “absolutely thrilling” performances (Bachtrack). He has been breaking the mold of the 21st-century harpist with unprecedented virtuosity on both the concert pedal harp as well as the Salvi Delta electric harp. He is the official artist for Salvi Harps, guest artist of Bolshoi Theater, and founder of the Harp Festival Zurich. Following his solo debut at age eight, Alexander began his international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and composer, bringing the harp to new audiences throughout 35 countries and five continents. As an arranger, his extensive compositional activity concentrates on expanding the harp repertoire by means of transcriptions of major orchestral works, popular hits (by Queen, The Beatles, Nirvana, Adele), and excerpts of movie music (Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spirited Away, and James Bond films). Besides more than 200 arrangements, Alexander’s unique compositions include programmatic works for harp and orchestra, theatrical works featuring harp, choir works, and film music collaborations. As a harp pedagogue, he has led masterclasses at The Juilliard School, Royal Academy of Music, Toronto Royal Conservatory, and other music schools around the world.