Born in 1961 in Moscow, Alexander Kniazev is the worthy successor of Mstislav Rostropovitch and one of Russia’s leading contemporary cellists. He has performed as a soloist under Evgeny Svetlanov, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Kurt Masur, Yuri Temirkanov, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Neeme Järvi, Alexander Vedernikov, Hans Jörg Albrecht, Vassily Petrenko, Mikhail Pletnev and Charles Dutoit; with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and NHK Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest of the festivals of December Nights in Moscow, White Nights in Saint Petersburg, La Roque d’Anthéron, Tanglewood, Lugano and Salzburg. He won many international prizes, including the first prize at the Vilnius International Cello Competition (1977), the second prize at the Moscow Tchaikovsky International Competition (1990) and the first prize at the Pretoria International Competition (1992). In 1999, he was named ͞Best Musician of the Year in Russia. Highlights in 2017/2018 includes concerts with the philharmonic orchestras of Monte-Carlo, Saint-Petersburg and Marseille; the symphony orchestras of Innsbruck and of the Russian State; with the Ensemble Kanazawa and the Yokohama Sinfonietta; under the baton of Vladimir Jurovsky, Kazuki Yamada and Lawrence Foster.