Born in St.Petersburg in 1968, Alexander Zolotarev began playing piano at the age of five. In the period 1975-1986 he attended the specialized training school of the St. Petersburg conservatory.
In 1985 he was the prize winner in the National Russian Piano Competition and gave numerous concerts in the former Soviet Union as well as undertaking his first international tour as piano soloist.
Thereafter he continued his musical education at the St. Petersburg conservatory with a program of study under professors Mosey Halfin and Mark Zolatarev, then at the Cologne Conservatory with Pavel Gililov. In concerts as part of the 1991 Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and a performance before Richard von Weizsäcker, then president of the German Federal Republic, Alexander Zolotarev gave proof of his extraordinary pianisitic abilities. In 1991 he received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service. In the summer of the same year he was prize winner at the International Piano Competition “Citta de Senigallia” (Italy) and received first prize at the international piano competition “Citta di Finale Ligure” (Italy).
Many successful concerts took place in the USA, Japan and different European countries, and there were numerous radio and television recordings as well, among others, for stations like SWR, NDR, WDR in Germany, BBC, RAI, Radio Suisse Romande and Russian state television. Besides these, several CD efforts, including the complete piano suites (6) and solo piano transcriptions of Bach’s cello suites by Joachim Raff for the American firm AK/Coburg, confirm his artistic abilities.
Aside from his work as pianist, Alexander Zolotarev was engaged as artistic advisor for the chamber music festival in Schmallenberg in the years 2002 -2005 and since 1999 has been at the university at Siegen and active as assistant professor of piano at the High School for Music in Cologne since 2007. In addition to all this Alexander Zolotarev has also been regular guest professor at Northwestern University of Louisiana (USA).