Alexander Strukov was born in 1965, in Orsk, Russia, into the family of musicians. He studied at Moscow’s Central Musical School under the famous Professor Timakin (teacher of Ivo Pogorelić and Mikhail Pletnev), later graduating from the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory as a pianist under Professor Lev Vlassenko and Mikhail Pletnev, and as a composer under Prof. T.Baranova. For three years he was a chair of piano faculty in the Novosibirsk Conservatory. In 1991 he won first prize and gold medal in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest, having repeated the success his teacher, who had won this prize in 1956. In 1992 became the assistant of Prof. Vlassenko at the Moscow Conservatory, and after Vlassenko’s untimely death Strukov continued to work as an assistant of Prof. Voskresensky, becoming a professor himself in 2014. Many of his pupils have gone on to win prizes at International Competitions, including the Weimar Liszt Competition,Bucharest Competition, and Moscow Scriabin Competition.
Strukov is regular performer in Russia and abroad, including Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Ukraine, Switzerland. He has played under the button of V. Ziva, M. Pletnev, V. Ignatiev, A. Ligetti, R. Bader, Li Dong Sin, V. Dudarova, D. Cavallaro, K. Masljuk and others. Strukov’s répertoire includes the music of different styles – from Bach and Mozart until compositions of Russian modern composers. He especially prefers romantic composers Schubert, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov. His recent recital in May 2016 in the Rachmaninov Concert Hall in Moscow was highly acclaimed. Alexander Strukov is known also as a composer. One of his two concertos for piano and orchestra was edited and performed in Japan (klavir+ CD). He is the author of several compositions for chamber music. In 2006 Strukov won the Moscow Conservatory competition for the Best Cadenza to the piano concertos by Mozart. Prof. Voskresensky played them when he recorded all piano concertos of Mozart (concertos N.6 B flat major and N.21 C major).