Alexander Gilman is among the most renowned violinists and teachers of his generation, and since 2013 has been artistic director of the LGT Young Soloists.
Promoting young talent is especially close to Alexander Gilman’s heart. In recent years, alongside his activities as a soloist, he has been able to establish a position as an internationally recognized teacher. The fact that his students regularly win competitions demonstrates the high quality of his teaching work. "The interpretation of music comes from within, and is closely connected with how you live, feel and see life, as well as with the education that you have received", says Gilman. By founding the LGT Young Soloists he has succeeded in founding a unique initiative for promoting talented young musicians and giving them a musical home. Alexander Gilman also holds master classes at universities and festivals worldwide, and is in demand as a juror at a variety of international music competitions.
Alexander Gilman was born in Bamberg and grew up in a Jewish Russian family of musicians. At the age of seven he made his debut at the Gasteig in Munich. From his sixteenth year he worked with the famous violin teacher Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York and attended master classes given by Itzhak Perlman, Aaron Rosand, Igor Ozim, Akiko Tatsumi and Mikhail Kopelman. Alexander Gilman completed his course of study at the Hochschule für Musik (High School for Music) in Cologne in Zakhar Bron’s master class with distinction, and then for his master’s degree moved to the Hochschule der Künste (High School of the Arts) in Zurich, where he also graduated with distinction.
Alexander Gilman worked with conductors such as Neeme Järvi, David Zinman, Bernard Haitink, Dan Ettinger, Michael Sanderling, Perry So and Conrad van Alphen. His chamber-music partners include Maximilian Hornung, Nils Mönkemeyer, Erik Schumann, Matan Porat and many others. As a soloist and teacher he is a popular guest at international music festivals.