Alexander Melnikov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Naumov. His most formative musical moments in Moscow include his early encounter with Svjatoslav Richter, who thereafter regularly invited him to festivals in Russia and France. He was awarded important prizes at such eminent competitions as the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau (1989) and the Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth in Brussels (1991).
Known for his often-unusual musical and programmatic decisions, Alexander Melnikov discovered a career-long interest in historically-informed performance practice at an early age. His major influences in this field include Andreas Staier and Alexei Lubimov. Melnikov performs regularly with such distinguished period ensembles as the Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Orchestre des Champs-Élysées.
As a soloist, Alexander Melnikov has performed with orchestras including Camerata Salzburg, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philadelphia Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, HR-Sinfonieorchester, Musica Aeterna, Russian National Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and the NHK Symphony, under conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Teodor Currentzis, Charles Dutoit, Paavo Järvi, Philippe Herreweghe and Valery Gergiev. Recitals lead him to London Wigmore Hall, Cité de la Musique Paris, Muziekgebouw aan’t Ij Amsterdam, de Singel Antwerpen and Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona.
Intensive chamber music collaborations with partners including his regular recital partner, violinist Isabelle Faust, as well as pianist Andreas Staier, cellists Alexander Rudin and Jean-Guihen Queyras and the baritone Georg Nigl, also form an essential part of Melnikov’s work.