2012 | Alexandra Conunova
Alexandra Conunova attracted public and critical acclaim when she won First Prize at the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hanover in the autumn 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”.
Alexandra has won major prizes at competitions such as the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, the 2015 Singapore International Violin Competition, the 2011 George Enescu International Violin Competition as well as at Tibor Varga (2010), Ion Voicu (2009) and Henri Marteau (2008). Alexandra was awarded the Julius Bär Prize for the most accomplished artist of the Verbier Festival Academy 2013. In 2015 Alexandra received the honorific title „Master of Arts” of the Republic of Moldova. Alexandra got awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship 2016.
She has established herself as a soloist of a high level. She has performed with orchestras such as the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Berne, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Hermitage Orchestra St-Petersburg, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, and NDR Radio Philharmonic. She has collaborated with conductors including Yury Bashmet, Teodor Currentzis, Valery Gergiev, Andrew Manze, and Gabor Takacs-Nagy.
Alexandra is also a devoted chamber musician. She regularly collaborates with artists such as Gérard Caussé, Renaud Capuçon, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Michail Lifits, Alexander Melnikov, Paul Meyer, Edgar Moreau, Andreas Ottensamer, Anne Queffélec, Julien Quentin, Tabea Zimmermann and others.
Alexandra was born in 1988 in the Republic of Moldova and took up the violin at the age of six. She studied at the University of Music in Rostock, at the Hanover University of Music, Media and Drama and at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne.
She currently plays the Santo-Seraphin Violin, dated 1735, Venezia, kindly loaned by the „Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”.