Dr. Alexander Brincken

Komponist, Musikwissenschaftler, ​Pianist, Organist 

Artistic Career


Born in Sankt Petersburg, Russia, in 1952, of Baltic-German descent (Courland Baron von den Brincken) and Russians descent (from the Titov family) on one side, and of Georgian descent (from the Mrevlishvili family, russified Mrevlov).

Academic studies:

  • From 1960 to 1971, he studied at the Music Academy of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory – piano by Marina V. Wolf and composition by Sergey J. Wolfensohn.

  • From 1971 to 1976, he studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory – composition by Prof. Orest A. Yevlakhov and Prof. Sergey M. Slonimsky, musicology by Prof. Dr. hab. Mikhail S. Druskin and piano by Docent A.D.Logovinsky and Docent Iza D.Hanzin– where he graduated with honors.

  • From 1976 to 1980, he was a candidate in musicology at the same conservatory (also by Prof. Dr. hab. Mikhail S. Druskin) and awarded a doctorate of fine arts for his dissertation on “The Late Creative Phase of Johannes Brahms” in 1982.

Professional activities:

  • From 1977 to 1991 Alexander Brincken was a member of the Composer`s Union of the USSR. From 1978 to 1980 he gave lectures on the history of Western European music at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. From 1981 to 1982 he taught music theory at the Cultural Institute of St. Petersburg. From 1982 to 1992 he was achieve as editor at the St. Petersburg music publisher “Compozitor”, in 1992 he was briefly head of piano chair at the Russian Pedagogical University of St. Petersburg.

  • Since the end of 1992, Alexander Brincken has lived in Lucerne in Switzerland. Since August 1993 untill July 2018 he was achieve as a piano teacher in the Canton of Nidwalden, Central Switzerland. Since August 1993 he has been active as head organist of  Parish Church St. Martin in Buochs (Canton of Nidwalden). Alexander Brincken is naturalized Swiss citizen since November 1998.
  • From 1981 to 1989, Alexander Brincken performed as concert pianist in public concerts in St. Petersburg (Russia), since 1993 he has occasionally performed as concert pianist and concert organist in Switzerland.