First Prize at the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hanover in 2012, and prizewinner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition and at the Singapore International Violin Competition, Alexandra Conunova has been hailed by her virtuosity, warm tone, impressive range of color, and flawless technique.
In 2016 she also received the prestigious Fellowship by the Borletti-Buittoni Trust in London.
Recent highlights include engagements with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, NFOR, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Luzern Sinfonieorchester, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, among others. She frequently performs under the batons of maestros Valery Gergiev, Theodor Curentzis, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikhail Pletnev, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Lawrence Foster and Gianandrea Noseda, among others.
Future appearances include the return to the Gstaad Festival performing Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the opening of the Transiberian Festival performing Turnage’s Concerto for Two Violins with Vadim Repin under Andris Poga, her debut with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, performing Mozart Violin Concerto No.1 under Gabor Takacs-Nagy, recitals in Berlin, Milano, Torino, Ferrara, Notre-Dame-de-Vie, and a tour in Spain.
Alexandra’s first recording of Prokofiev Violin Sonatas with Michail Liftis, on Aparté, was received with great acclaim: “This recording reveals Conunova as a major artist – in terms of both technical assurance and interpretative daring… I can’t recommend their freshly considered, vividly recorded interpretations highly enough” (Gramophone); “…this is already a candidate for one of the best discs of the year” (The Strad).
In fall 2020, during COVID-19 lockdown and accompanied by an ensemble of friends and colleagues, she released Vivaldi’s Four Seasons also on Aparté, obtaining rave reviews: “her last recording as a whole is an exquisitely light and graceful reading from everyone, crowned by ravishingly sweet-toned and dancing filigree lines from Conunova herself”, “her playing is this fabulous: the warm-toned, easy fluidity of her virtuosities; her range of articulation, colour and shading; the subtle spontaneity; the natural shaping.” (Gramophone)
Conunova is regularly invited to the most prestigious festivals, such as Verbier, Gstaad, Montreux, Septembre Musical, Aix-en-Provence, Folle Journée, Besançon, Martha Argerich Festival, Ferrara Musica, Accademia Santa Cecilia…and collaborates as chamber music partner with Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Gauthier Capuçon, Denis Kozhukhin, Michail Lifits, Andreas Ottensamer, Gérard Caussé, Boris Brovtsyn and Jean Rondeau, among others.
Nominated “Maître ès Arts” by the Moldavian President, she founded a charity Foundation “ArtaVie” in her home town Chisinau to support talented kids and social programs.
For the last 3 years Alexandra has had the pleasure to work under the guidance and mentoring of one of the world’s leading professors, Edouard Wulfson, in Geneva.
Alexandra currently plays on Giovanni Batistta Guadagnini, ca. 1785 ex “Ida Levin”, on a kind loan from a music lover.
Winner of the First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Belgian pianist Denis Kozhukhin has established himself as one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Kozhukhin’s performances have been praised by critics as “spellbinding”, “imperious” and “mesmerizing”. Technically flawless, Kozhukhin combines wisely the brilliance and power of his playing with a masterful sense of form and a very unique artistic approach.
Kozhukhin frequently appears with many of the leading international orchestras, such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Staatskapelle Berlin, Israel Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, among others. He is also frequently invited in such Festivals as Verbier, Gstaadt, Grafenegg, Dresden, Tivoli, Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Intonations, Tsinandali and BBC Proms. The 21/22 season brings appereances with Philharmonia Orchestra on tour, Israel Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie, WDR Sinfonieorchester, MDR Sinfonieorchester, RTE National Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and a residency with the Barcelona Symphony performing the four Rachmaninov Piano Concertos.
Kozhukhin will appear in solo recital at the Chicago Symphony Hall, Boulez Saal, and will tour in duo with Jörg Widmann, Vilde Frang and Janine Jansen, appearing at Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Zurich Tonhalle, Bozar, Auditorio Nacional and Wigmore Hall. His most recent recording featuring C. Franck’s Symphonic Variations with the Luxembourg Philharmonic under Gustavo Gimeno was released by Pentatone in 2020, obtaining rave reviews. His last solo album, including Mendelssohn’s Songs without words and Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, was picked by Gramophone as “album of the month” as well as nominated to the Opus Klassik Awards in the categories of Solo recording and Instrumentalist of the year.
An avid chamber musician, Kozhukhin he collaborates with such artists as Janine Jansen, Jörg Widmann, julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Leonidas Kavakos, Michael Barenboim, Vilde Frang, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Elena Bashkirova, Radovan Vlatkovic, Emmanuel Pahud, Alisa Weilerstein, Nicolas Alstaedt, julian Steckel, Pablo Ferrández and Alexandra Conunova, among others. “[Kozhukhin’s] dazzling performance … must have lifted Orchestra Hall a few feet off its foundation. It was hard, in fact, to imagine any pianist seizing this formidably difficult concerto in a mightier grip than this Russian firebrand… Even in a day when keyboard virtuosos are thick on the ground, Kozhukhin is special.” Chicago Tribune
Kozhukhin studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid with Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio MartinezMehner, and later completed his studies at the Piano Academy at Lake Como where he received advice from Fou Ts’ong, Stanislav Yudenitch, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen and Andreas Staier, and with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart. In recent years he has been mentored by maestro Daniel Barenboim.