Concert pianist, recording artist, & inspiring teacher
Considered by Martha Argerich an “extraordinary musician” and by the international critic a “phenomenon,” “a master of contrasts” and “a stunning pianist with a symbiotic relationship with the instrument," Steinway Artist Alexandre Dossin keeps an active performing, recording, and teaching careers.
Alexandre Dossin is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Russia) and holds a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (USA). He was assistant of Sergei Dorensky at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Willliam Race and Gregory Allen at UT-Austin.
A prizewinner in several international piano competitions, Dossin received the First Prize and the Special Prize at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other international awards include the Silver Medal and second Honorable Mention in the Maria Callas Grand Prix, and the Third Prize and Special Prize in the Mozart International Piano Competition, in addition to several prizes in Brazil.
An active recording artist, his performances are featured in over 15 recordings released with several labels, including 7 CDs with Naxos and 6 editions/recordings for Schirmer. Dossin’s edition and recording of complete piano sonatas by W. A. Mozart (2-volume edition and recordings, Schirmer Performance Editions) was released in December of 2023.
Upcoming releases in 2024 include the complete piano works by George Walker in 2 CDs with Naxos. This will be included in the label’s prestigious American Classics Series and will present the world premiere of Bauble in addition to the first recording of the piano concerto in more than ten years. This release will be followed by a performance edition of the same works published by Keiser Southern Music. Soloist appearances in 2023-2024 include the Eugene Symphony, the Austin Symphony, and the West Coast premiere of George Walker’s piano concerto with the University of Oregon Philharmonia.
Dossin’s work was praised in reviews by Diapason, The Financial Times, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Clavier, and other international publications.
Conductors with whom Dossin has performed include Charles Dutoit, Isaac Karabtchevsky, and Michael Gielen, with orchestras such as the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Brazilian National Symphony, Mozarteum University Symphony, and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Symphony. Dossin performed numerous live recitals for public radio in Wisconsin and Illinois, including repeated appearances at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. Dossin has performed in international festivals in Japan, Canada, the United States, and Argentina, on some occasions sharing the stage with Martha Argerich.
Dossin is the Vice-President of the American Liszt Society and president of its Oregon Chapter, and is one of the recipients of the prestigious Faculty Fund for Excellence at the University of Oregon. Currently the chair of the keyboard area at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, he keeps a studio of advanced pianists from several countries and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
First Prize and Special Prize, Martha Argerich International Piano Competition
(Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2003)
Silver Medal and Second Honorable Mention, Maria Callas Grand Prix
(Athens, Greece, 1996)
Third Prize and Special Prize, Mozart International Piano Competition
(Salzburg, Austria, 1995)
Fourth Prize, Mazara-del-Vallo International Piano Competition
(Mazara-del-Vallo, Italy, 1993)
First Prize and two Special Prizes, Edino Krieger National Piano Competition
(Brusque, Brazil, 1988)
Hours Concours, Villa-Lobos National Piano Competition
(Bage, Brazil, 1987)
Second Prize, Santa Maria International Piano Competition
(Santa Maria, Brazil, l987)
The career of world-renowned pianist Alexandre Dossin began in his hometown of Porto Alegre, Brazil, performing in a university hall at seven years old. Captivated by his first round of thunderous applause, Dossin has since relentlessly sought mastery of the instrument and the art.
Dossin’s romantic yet articulately rhythmic style is a fusion of chorinhos played for childhood classmates and disciplined education at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. One of the few Brazilians behind the Iron Curtain at the time, Dossin spent nine years in Moscow immersed in a study of music and culture. While studying, Dossin won international prizes at the Mozart Competition (Salzburg), Maria Callas (Greece), and the hand in marriage of his wife Maria (a fellow student at the conservatory).
Dossin explored his virtuosity on the world stage after graduation, earning the accolades of Martha Argerich and an invitation to the prestigious Van Cliburn competition. When the University of Texas at Austin extended the offer of a doctorate and a teaching assistantship, Dossin found himself drawn to pedagogy. Dr. Dossin was surprised to find a harmonic relationship between teaching and performing: the profound understanding brought by teaching leading to richer performances, which charged the excitement to share his learnings with the next generation of musicians.
Dr. Dossin now balances a prolific career as a performing and recording artist with a full-time position as a Professor of Piano Performance at the University of Oregon.