About Alex

Alex KOWALSKI (Kovalenko Oleksiy) — ukrainian piano entertainer, Prize winner of several International Piano Competitions. Best known for his solo piano shows “Keys on Fire” onboard different vessels around the Globe.

Was born in 1984 in Ukraine in the family of musicians.

He started playing piano, when he was five years old, he performed his first recital at the age of 10; his first performance with chamber orchestra was in 1995, when he was 11 years old; with symphony orchestra – in 1997 – at the age of 13.

From 1997 to 2004, Alex was studying at Donetsk Musical College, in the piano class of Ms. Victoria Medvedeva.

In September 2004 he became a student of the Donetsk Musical Academy named after S. S. Prokofiev and has been studying there with Prof. Vyacheslav Boykov, Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine, very famous Ukrainian piano teacher (musical “grandson” of G. Neihaus – one of the best teachers in Moscow conservatory). Alex also made Post Graduate Course at Donetsk State Musical Academy named after S. S. Prokofiev with professor Boykov. During this time he took part in master-classes with very famous pianists from Russian Federation and the USA, Prize winners of International Piano competitions, professors: M. Voskresenskiy; E. Mechetina; A. Mndoyanc and Y. Kasman.

From 2012 to 2014, he worked at the Piano Department of the Donetsk State Musical Academy as a master teacher. Since 2003 he has been performing in Ukraine, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Georgia, Latvia, South Korea (15 concertos with orchestras in June 2012, and 11 concertos with orchestras in June-July 2013), the United Arab Emirates, and The United States of America. At the time he works as a piano entertainer on board of different vessels around the world.

Alex KOWALSKI’s Concertography. From 2003 until today


2003

  • Concerts in Germany (Bad Mergentheim)

2004

  • Concerts in musical colleges in Donbass region – Artyomivsk, Maryupol, Dzerginsk, Donetsk.
  • 18th of May 2004 Recital in Philarmonic concert Hall in Donetsk, Ukraine

2005-2012

  • regular participant of series of concerts in Donetsk Philarmonic concert hall "In memory of S. Prokofiev" and "Russian music sounds", concerts in Donetsk region Art Museum "Christmas evenings".
  • Concert at the Opening Ceremony of Xth All-Ukrainian Piano competition named after H.Neihaus in Kirovograd, Ukraine)

2006

     
  • Performances at the International festival of Piano music "Piano Forum", Donetsk, Ukraine. Conductor  - Victor Olejnik. (Donetsk State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra named after S. Prokofiev);

2007

  • Performance with orchestra and with solo program at the International Festival “Kyev summer music evenings”. Conductor - Valery Matjuhin (The National Ensemble of soloists "Kyivska Kamerata")
  • Performance with orchestra at the Alemdar Karamanov's Piano Competition. Conductor: Igor Kazhdan, (Crimean State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra);
  • Recital at the International Piano Festival "Neihauzes musical meetings” in Kirovograd, Ukraine
  • December 2007, Concert with orchestra at the “Piano Forum' International Piano festival in Donetsk State philharmonic concert Hall. Conductor - Victor Olejnik. Donetsk State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra named after S. Prokofiev);
  • December. Concert with Chamber orchestra of the Donetsk State Musical Academy's  named after S. Prokofiev); Conductor: Mark Ochosalsky.

2008

  • Performance at the Openning ceremony of the “Piano Forum” International piano festival. (Donetsk, Ukraine)
  • Performance with orchestra and with solo program at the International Festival “Kyev summer music evenings”. Conductor - Mykola Sukach (Chernigov Academic Symphony Orchestra)

2009

     
  • Performances in Kyev and Chernigov with orchestra  at the International Festival “Kyev summer music evenings”. Conductor - Mykola Sukach (Chernigov Academic Symphony Orchestra).
  • Recital  at the IX International  Festival of Slavic Piano Music (Ukraine)
  • Performance of the International Festival of Piano art – Piano-Forum (Donetsk, Ukraine). Conductor: Aleksandr Dolinsky (Donetsk State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra named after S. Prokofiev);
  • Performance in Suzdal, during International master-classes at the UNESKO summer music school.
 

2010

  • Recital  at the X International  Festival of Slavic Piano Music (Ukraine, Melitopol).
  • Performance of the International Festival of Piano art – Piano-Forum (Donetsk, Ukraine). Conductor: Aleksandr Dolinsky (Donetsk State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra named after S. Prokofiev);
  • Performance with orchestra in the National philharmonic concert hall at the VIII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz. Conductor: Mykola Dyaduyra (Symphony orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine)

2011

  • Performances in Crimea, Ukraine with orchestra (Simferopol, Sevastopol, Yalta). Conductors: Vladimir Vrublevsky (Donetsk National Academic Opera and Ballet named after A.Solovyanenko Symphony Orchestra (Donbass Opera); Igor Kazhdan, Yuriy Serdyuk (Crimean State Philharmonic Orchestra);
  • Performance with orchestra at the Openning Ceremony at the VII International Competition for young pianists in S.  Prokofiev's Native Land. (Ukraine). Conductor: Aleksandr Dolinsky (Donetsk State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra named after S. Prokofiev)

2012

  • Performances of the International Festival of Piano art – Piano-Forum (Donetsk, Ukraine). Conductors: Aleksandr Dolinsky (Donetsk State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra named after S. Prokofiev); Bohdan Pushchak (Chamber orchestra “The Soloists of Donbass”)
  • 15 concertos with orchestra in Republic of Korea. Conductors: Young Keun Kim, Suhan Ji, Sergey Leonov (Khmelnitsky Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra);
  • Performance in Katowice (Poland)
  • Performance in Ostrava (Czech Republic)
 

2013

  • February, 17. Performance with orchestra. Conductor: Kim Hyun Kuk (South Korea). (Donetsk State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra named after S. Prokofiev);
  • 11 concertos with orchestra in Republic of Korea. Conductors: Young Keun Kim,  Kang Minseok, Vladimir Kim (Sevastopol Symphony Orchestra).
  • Performance with orchestra  at the First Open Contest-Festival of Modern Music Art "Donbas Modern Music Art-2013" (Donetsk, Ukraine). Conductor: Aleksandr Dolinsky (Donetsk State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra named after S. Prokofiev);
  • Performance with orchestra during VI International J. Vitols Piano competition (Riga, Latvia). Conductor: Martins  Osolins (Latvian National Opera Symphony Orchestra).
  • Recital at the  International Music Festival “Music under the stars of Dubai” (2013, United Arab Emirates)
  • Performance  at the International Musical Festival "Prikarpatska Vesna" (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine)

2014

  • Recital at the "Don Cult" Festival (Kyev, Ukraine)
  • October- November. Recitals at the “Pryazovya Assemblies” (Maryupol, Ukraine).

2015

  • More than forty solo performances on board “Star Princess” and “Diamond Princess”

2016

  • January. Recital in Ivano-Frankivsk  Musical College named after D. Sychinskiy. (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine).
  • February - July. More, than 20 solo shows on board the “Sea Princess”.
  • September  2016 - February 2017 - around 30 shows onboard "Diamond Princess"

2017

  • February, 28 Recital at Kharkiv School of Choir Art (Kharkiv, Ukraine)
  • March, 10 Recital at Municipal School of Art (Slavyansk-na-Kubani, Russian Federation).
  • March, 17. Recital at Maryupol Special Music School (Maryupol, Ukraine)
  • March, 18. Master-classes at Maryupol Special Music School
  • More than 30 piano shows onboard the "Star Princess"

2018

  • March. Concerts in the USA  (Washington, Philadelphia and New York) with solo program "Music of Ukrainian diaspora composers"
  • "Keys on Fire" onboard the "Island Princess"

Competitions, Festivals, CD’s


  • Prize winner of Sergey Prokofiev's International Piano Competition (1999);
  • Prize winner of All-Ukranian  H. Neuhaus' Piano Competition (2004);
  • Prize winner of International Piano Competition for young pianists named after A. Karamanov (2007);
  • Prize winner (the Third Prize and Bronze Medal of Eighth International Competition for young pianists in memory of Vladimir Horowitz (2010);
  • The best semifinalist of International Piano Competition in Tbilisi, Georgia (2013);
  • Prize winner J. Vitols International Piano Competition in Riga, Latvia (2013).

Alex has recordings on Ukrainian and Polish Radio and TV. He played with conductors, such as: Nikolay Djadjura; Yury Serdjuk; Alexander Dolinsky; Nikolay Sukach; Valery Matjuhin; Victor Olejnik; Bogdan Pushchak; Mark Ochosalsky; Igor Kazhdan; Vladimir Vrublevsky; Sergey Leonov; Young Keun Kim; Martins Ozolins; Suhan Ji; Kang Minseok; Kim Hyun Kuk.

Alex KOWALSKI has recorded 3 CD with different piano works.  His recording of Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto was awarded to be a musical symbol of the Donetsk Region during UEFA EURO 2012. New album that was recorded in Moscow in 2017 is called "Piano Journeys" (from Mozart to Gershwin).