“When I perform with an orchestra, inexplicable things happen, a feeling of pure joy, a way of connecting with the divine.” So says Alexandra Conunova (1988), the Moldovan violinist who now lives in Switzerland but whose career has for several years now gained international recognition. She has performed in the world’s most prestigious festivals (Verbier, Montreux, the Proms, Hamburg’s Martha Argerich Festival, Aix-en-Provence, Nantes, Tokyo and many others). She performs with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors (Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, John Axelrod, Yuri Simonov and others), as well as excellent chamber musicians.
Stepping stones for her career development include her victory at the Joseph Joachim competition in Hannover in 2012, 3rd place at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015, and winning a scholarship from London’s Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2016.
In an interview, Conunova explains: “A technically perfect performance is not enough. It has to move the audience, provoke memories, thoughts about life. Like in therapy. Opera singers have the advantage of words to base this on, whereas we, instrumentalists, have to search for the piece’s meaning, spirit, history, composer’s biography, in order to perform authentically.”
Critics praise Conunova’s full immersion in each piece, her unlimited imagination, the enormous richness and precision in her details. “Good language is nuanced,” said Alexandra in an interview conducted in French. And this certainty is absolutely revealed in her playing, described by critics thus: “It is not her breathtaking technique, but rather the breath of her soul which moves us to the very depths of our being.”
Conunova was born in a family of Chișinău musicians. She studied in Rostov under Petru Munteanu and in Hannover under Krzysztof Vegrzyn.
The President of Moldova has awarded her the title of Maître dès Arts, and in her hometown she founded ArtaVie, a charity serving young disabled musicians.
She plays a 1730 von Vecsey violin by Guarneri del Gesu.