In June 2005, Alex Kobrin was awarded the prestigious Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Immediately following this announcement, Kobrin began his first tour to the United States including recitals at Bass Hall for the Cliburn Series and for the Washington Performing Arts Society followed by further debuts at La Roque d’Antheron, Ravinia Festival, Beethoven Easter Festival, Hannover Prize winners Series, Turner Sims and at the renowned Klavier-Festival Ruhr.
In 2006, Kobrin made his debut with the New York Philharmonic at both the Avery Fisher Hall and for the inaugural concert of the Bethel Woods Arts Centre. He was also invited to open the 06/07 season concerts with both Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent and upcoming engagements include a debut at last years BBC Proms with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain with Mark Elder, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko at The Sage Gateshead in December 2008, Ulster Orchestra with Tuomas Ollila-Hannikainen , City of Birmingham Symphony with Vasily Sinaisky, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin with Ludovic Morlot, Wroclaw Philharmonic with Jacek Kaspszyk, together with recitals at the Louvre, Wigmore Hall, Esplanade Concert Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre Hong Kong and a recital tour of Italy consisting of cities such as Palermo and Varese. Other appearances worldwide include Fort Worth Symphony, Florida West Coast Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony, Columbus Symphony, his seasonal tour to Japan and the International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki Zdroj (closing the Festival). In summer 2008, Kobrin will also be making appearances at the Ruidoso Chamber Music Festival and the Bolzano Busoni Festival as well as teaching and performing at the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, Mannes.
Born in Moscow in 1980, Alex Kobrin began piano studies with Professor Tatiana Zelikman at the Gnessin Special Music School when he five. In 2003 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire where he studied under the late Professor L. Naumov.
In 1999 he was the winner of the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy and was awarded the special prize in memory of A. Benedetti Michelangeli. Shortly following, Kobrin was second-prize winner of the 2003 Hamamtsu Competition (with no first prize awarded) which led to tours extensively throughout Europe, Asia and South America.
In addition to the Van Cliburn Competition disc for Harmonia Mundi which was released in October 2005, Kobrin has recorded two volumes of Essential Chopin for international labels.
Alex Kobrin also teaches at the Moscow State Gnessins Academy of Music.