Bulgarian pianist Alex Kostadinov has been an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, China, Russia, Italy, Malaysia, and Bulgaria. He has performed with orchestras including Varna State Orchestra, Sofia Soloists, Baylor Symphony, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, among others. Alex has been a pianist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Ima Hogg, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the National Trumpet Conference. He has played for the Maryland Opera Studio, the Baylor University Opera, and the New York Opera Studio, amongst others. He also served on the music faculty at the Peabody Preparatory Conservatory, Soulfege Music Studio, and the Capital Piano Conservatory.
Throughout the years, Alex has won several international competitions including: First prize at the Joseph Dichler Piano Competition in Vienna, Grand Prix at the Amici del Pianoforte Competition in Venice, and Grand Prix at the Competition for Slavic Music in Moscow. Alex has also received several awards during his music education including: the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance from Baylor University, a special award from the mayor of Varna, Bulgaria, for high music achievements, and the Robert McCoy Award for Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland.
He has collaborated with artists such as Renée Fleming, Carol Vaness, Matthew Guilford, Wiff Rudd, and has been pianist for the workshops of Chris Martin, Joseph Aleesi, Edward Berklee, and Lawrence Brownlee. Alex has performed as soloist and chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie hall, Rachmaninov hall, Bolshoi Theater, and the United States Supreme Court. In 2018, Alex was invited to go on a tour and give masterclasses in Hong Kong and Malaysia. Alex has participated in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and School as well as the Collaborative Piano Institute, where he worked with Golda Schultz, Stephen King, Lawrence Brownlee, Martin Katz, Kathleen Kelly and Rita Sloan.
Alex earned his doctorate degree in collaborative piano at the University of Maryland, where he studied under Rita Sloan. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance from Baylor University where he studied with Krassimira Jordan.