Sibelius and Mendelssohn

Alexandra Conunova, violin
David Danzmayr, conductor

Alexandra Conunova's Bio

Alexandra Conunova attracted public and critical acclaim when she won First Prize at the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hanover in 2012. She was praised by the jury for her vivid tone and her highly virtuoso dramatic art and Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung wrote that she “shows with what radiance of tone she is able to endow her music-making. Her interpretations of Bach’s baroque dances are sometimes austere and yet wonderfully cantabile, at other times truly dance-like or – as in the Bourrée – with a high degree of virtuosity.” Her success at the Joachim Competition also earned her a debut CD with Naxos.

In 2015 Alexandra was awarded the Third Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition.

Highlights among her recent and forthcoming solo engagements include performances with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, NDR Hannover, Camerata Bern, China Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Virtuosi Italiani, Nürnberger Symphony Orchestra, Bucarest Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Münchner Philharmoniker under conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Theodor Curentzis, Andrew Matze and Vladimir Spivakov among others.

She has won major prizes at competitions such as the Singapore International Violin Competition (2015), George Enescu Internatonal Violin Competition in Bucharest (2011), the Deutsche Instrumenten-Musik Fond Competition of the “Deutsche Stiftung Musik Leben” foundation as well as at Tibor Varga (2010), Ion Voicu (2009), and Henri Marteau (2008). Alexandra was also awarded the Julius Bär Prize for the most accomplished artist of the Verbier Festival Academy 2013.

She regularly appears in such festivals as: Septembre Musical, Beethoven Festival Bonn, Festival de Paques in Aix en Provence, Shloss Elmau, Verbier Week, Festival de Colmar, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Gstaad Festival and others.

Alexandra is also a devoted chamber musician. She regularly collaborates with Boris Brovtsyn, Gérard Caussé, Renaud Capuçon, Finghin Collins, Blythe The Engstroem, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Yura Lee, Michail Lifits, Alexander Melnikov, Paul Meyer, Edgar Moreau, Andreas Ottensamer, Julien Quentin, Alexei Stadler, Kirill Troussov, Istvan Vardai and others.

Alexandra was born in 1988 in the Republic of Moldova and took up the violin at the age of six. She studied with Professor Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hannover and has received additional lessons from Ivry Gitlis, Igor Oistrakh, Igor Ozim and others. She plays the Santo-Serafino Violin, dated 1735, Venice, kindly loaned by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben Hamburg.