Good to have [Medtner’s] Sonata-Ballade […] in a performance rivalling that of Hamelin’s — Colin Clarke, International Piano

…groundwork reading no pianist should miss — Ates¸ Orga on New Light on Nikolay Medtner

…an avid Medtner crusader — Gramophone

Alexander is an international expert of the music of Russian composer-pianist Nikolay Medtner  (1880-1951). His doctoral thesis ‘New Light on Nikolay Medtner: Edna Iles Medtner Collection at the British Library‘ is downloaded worldwide on the regular basis.

In 2013 Alexander took part in international conference ‘Medtner Family in the Russia and World Culture’ at the Glinka Museum in Moscow.

In 2014 Alexander organised Medtner Day, one-day festival dedicated to Medtner.

In 2016 and 2017, for the first time in the UK Alexander organised two international Medtner festivals in London. Events took place in the Royal College of Music, British Library, Pushkin House, City, University of London and Merchant Taylor’s Hall. World’s most renowned Medtnerians, professors Dmitry Alexeev, Christoph Flamm, Hamish Milne and Francis Pott, as well as younger musicians and musicologists from around the globe took part. See below for more details.

In 2017 Alexander have recorded Medtner’s Sonate-Ballade, Op. 27 for Claudio Records and in 2018 some of composer’s finest songs with internationally acclaimed Russian soprano Sofia Fomina. The CD was released by Chandos Records in 2021 to a great critical acclaim.

In 2018 Alexander took part in the International Medtner festival in Berlin, organised by Internationale Nikolaj Medtner Gesellschaft.

In 2020 Alexander performed Medtner’ Second Concerto in London’s St John Smith Square. The following year an article about the Second Concerto was published by Olms Verlag as part of the festschrift Nikolai Medtner: Music, Aesthetics, and Contexts, edited by Christoph Flamm and Wendelin Bitzan.

In 2023 Alexander’s second all-Medtner CD was released by SOMM Recordings. Reviews appeared in American Record GuideBBC Music magazineFanfare magazinePizzicato.luMusic Web, Opera TodayThe Quarterly Review &

Alexander was featured in Channel 4’s Great Canal Journeys (Series 13, Episode 3), discussing Medtner with Dame Sheila Hancock and Gyles Brandreth, as well as playing excerpts from Medtner’s Third Concerto.


#MedtnerFest 2016

With the support of the British Library, British Library Sound Archive, Royal College of Music, Royal Musical Association, Pushkin House, Russian Embassy, Dutch Embassy, GB-Russia Society and Musica Nova Academy

28-30 January 2016, London

Honorary Patron  Nikolay Lugansky

Artistic Director  Dr Alexander Karpeyev

Academic Advisor  Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson

Thursday 28 January

Medtner Masterclass with Dmitry Alexeev at the Royal College of Music 

Concert at the Pushkin House with Dr Cahill Smith, Alexander Karpeyev and Elena Mindlina

Friday 29 January

RMA International Study Day ‘Revealing Medtner: Emerging Research and Repertoire’ at the British Library

Film screening ‘Mystery of Medtner’ by Aida Soboleva at the Musica Nova Academy

Saturday 30 January

Trip to Medtner’s grave at the Hendon Cemetery, London. Meeting by Finchley Central Underground

Pre-concert discussion at the Royal College of Music (Corelli Room) with Hamish Milne and Christoph Flamm. Chair: Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson

Closing concert at the Amaryllis Fleming Hall with RCM students Tamara Bakoch, Lucy Colquhoun, Alexey Demchenko, Djumash Durusaliev, Eunsley Park, Victoria Skornyakova, Varvara Tarasova and Veniamin Zhukov, and Caspar Vos

#MedtnerFest 2017

With the support of the Eastern Seasons, Pushkin House, Russian Embassy, GB-Russia Society, Rossotrudnichestvo and City, University of London

26-27 November 2017

Honorary Patron  Nikolay Lugansky

Artistic Director  Dr Alexander Karpeyev

Sunday 26 November

Conversation and Medtner masterclass by Iain Burnside

Opening concert with Alasdair Beatson, Matthew ChanVasily GvozdetskyFrank HuangAlexander Karpeyev (piano), James Boyd (viola), Sofia Fomina (soprano),  John Myerscough (cello) and Beatrice Philips (violin) at the Pushkin House

Monday 27 November

Lunchtime concert with Marcus AndrewsVasily Gvozdetsky, Yuri Paterson-OlenichMaki SekiyaMaya SoltanEvgenia StartsevaDrew SteansonElena Toponogova (piano), Ilona Revolskaya (soprano)  and Elisabeth Turmo (violin)

Dmitri Alexeev‘s Medtner masterclass

Closing concert with Alexey VolodinEdith Peña (piano) and members of the London Chamber OrchestraVasko Vassilev, Kathy Shave (violins), Rosemary Warren-Green (viola), Julia Graham (cello) in Merchant Taylors’ Hall

This concert was organised and presented by Eastern Seasons

Report on the festival was published by Internationale Nikolaj Medtner Gesellschaft in German and Russian