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).
…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.
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.
…it’s her impressive range of color that is the most striking characteristic of her playing as a whole
- The Strad