Born in Moscow, Alexander Kostritsa started playing the piano at the age of six. Two years later he made a concert tour to Japan, performing in Fukuoka City Hall. Since then, he has performed in Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, South Korea and the USA. He became a winner of numerous young artists competitions, including the 2nd prize (1st was not awarded) in Glinka Competition (Moscow, 1998). In 2006 he was accepted as a student at the famous Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, studying with well-known pianist-composer, Mikhail Petukhov. Alexander has appeared as a soloist with Vidin Philharmonic, Russian State Youth Orchestra, “The Seasons” and many other orchestras. He won first prizes in Rovere d’Oro competition (Italy, 2007) and Slavonic Music Festival (Ukraine, 2007). Alexander recently earned his DMA degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Antonio Pompa-Baldi.