Alexei Volodin was born in 1977 in St. Petersburg, and began taking piano lessons there at the age of nine. A year later he moved to Moscow, where he studied first with I. Chaklina and later with T. Zelikman at the Gnessin Music School. In 1994 he enrolled in the master class of Professor Elisso Virsaladze at the Moscow Conservatoire. 2001/02 he studied at the Theo Lieven International Piano Foundation in Como.
He has won several prizes at different international competitions. In 2003 he won the First Prize at the ninth edition of the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich, award that launched his international career.
Alexei Volodin has given recitals in Russia, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Australia, Japan, China and Switzerland. He has also performed with prestigious orchestras, such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra St. Petersburg , the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hanovre, the Orchestra of the Opera Berlin, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Orchestre National de France, the Filarmonica alla Scala, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra in Budapest, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. He has worked with conductors like Christopher Hogwood, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Gerd Albrecht, Carlo Rizzi, Vladimir Fedoseyev, David Zinman, Lorin Maazel, Eiji Oué, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Leopold Hager, Marek Janowski, Zoltán Kocsis and Valery Gergiev, among others.
In May 2005, Alexei Volodin gave his debut recital at the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris, where he achieved an extraordinary public and critics' success, being immediately re-invited. After his debut recital in Montpellier, he has been re-invited to be "Artist in residence" in the season 2006/07. Alexei Volodin has performed, with great success, in Barcelona, Madrid, Lyon, Rome, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden, Frankfurt, Zurich, Vienna, La Roque d'Anthéron and Toulouse. Among his future engagements are included his debut recitals in the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Bruxelles, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, in Luxembourg, New York and Toyko.
Other important engagements in the future include several concerts with Rafael Frübeck de Burgos and the Dresden Philharmony, with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra in London, with Vladimir Fedoseyev and the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, with Lawrence Foster and the Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra. 2008 are scheduled concert tours with Valery Gergiev and the London Sympony Orchestra as well as with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre to the United States and Japan.
His second recording was released 2006 by the German Label "Live Classics".
Alexei Volodin is a Steinway Artist.