14 December 2023 | 19:00 – 22:00

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris 6e

Alexander Polzin was born in East Berlin in 1973. His sculptural works and paintings works are seen in galleries and prominent public spaces around the world. including his “Giordano Bruno” in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, “Le Couple” at the Paris Opera Bastille, and “Hommage à Paul Celan” in the Anne Frank Garden in Paris. He also collaborates with writers, composers, musicians, choreographers, and scientists and in the last decade his artistic curiosity has led him towards stage design for dance, opera and theater, as well as direction. He has sculpted a series of busts of Bach as part of investigating the relationship between visual arts and music, using Bach’s “Art of Fugue” as a starting point.

Mentored by the great Alfred Brendel, pianist Filippo Gordini, at age 27, already counts among his awards the Premio Abbiati as best soloist of the year 2022, the most prestigious musical recognition in Italy, and First Prize at the Telekom-Beethoven Competition, as well as the Diapason d’Or (five stars) for his first CD (Beethoven). In 2021, at 25, he recorded Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue,” an accomplishment normally reserved for the most mature pianists. He has performed extensively on prestigious stages such as the Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Konzerthaus, London Wigmore Hall, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Van Cliburn Foundation, Zurich Tonhalle. “There is no doubt: a star has risen, perhaps of the brightest kind.” (Diapason d’Or)

Alexander Polzin will present some of his busts of Bach, Filippo Gorini will perform a Bach recital on the piano, and the two artists will converse on the relation between the visual arts and music. A coupe de champagne follows.