Composer, Jazz Pianist
Alexander was born in Moscow, Russia. After graduated at Music School of Moscow State Conservatory of Tchaikovsky, he continued his study at Moscow State College of Moscow State Conservatory of Tchaikovsky, theoretical faculty and courses of jazz improvisation. He finished study at Russian Academy of Music of Gnesins, composers faculty (Prof. Boris Tchaikovsky) with diploma work – Concerto for Symphony Orchestra “Maximes” (by the work de La Rochefoucauld “Maximes”) he obtained doctor diploma at the Russian Academy of Music of Gnesins. He completed his doctoral studies at the Academy with a final diploma thesis on the topic ‘Use of modern electric musical instruments and software in the process of children’s music education’. He won numerous awards in composition competitions. He emigrated to the Czech Republic in 1996, has been a citizen of the Czech Republic since 2014 and currently lives and works in Prague.
Artistic life: Jazz piano, composition and arrangement – International festival ‘Bohema Jazz 2000’, Christian’s Jazz Trio (2001-2003 – leading Prague jazz clubs), Jazz Duo ‘Why Note’. He has been a regular participant in the international jazz festival ‘European Jazz Days Hranice’ since its foundation (2004), and has been awarded for his outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the city of Hranice. ‘Swing String Orchestra’ (co-founder of the musical ensemble (string quartet and jazz piano trio) – arrangement and solo piano – performances in the front halls of Dvořák Hall, Sukova Hall, Smetanova Hall, Martinů Hall (2006-2007) program ‘The Best from Jazz and Musicals’. Norah Jones Revival – piano (2005-2007). ABBACZ Revival – keyboard (since 2011). Jazz Duo ‘Jewish2Jazz’ (violin – Alexander Shonert) – a unique combination of Jewish and jazz instrumental compositions (since 2012). Co-founder, arranger and composer of the children’s choir ‘Kids Republic’ and the music series ‘TAG!’ (since 2011), the piano trio ‘The Stringz’ (since 2017) – a crossover project combining classical and popular music.
Collaboration with musicians: Piano accompaniment for disco singer Kathy Brown (Bank of the Year 2006), arranging and conducting in the ‘Fantasie’ project with Yvetta Blanarovičová (Sazka Arena 2004 Televize Prima), Helena Suchánková has in her repertoire original compositions by A. Christianova, Tonya Graves and Christian’s Jazz Trio presented a jazz program at the ‘Prague Proms 2005’ festival, prepared string arrangements for the Kabat group on the CD ‘Banditi di Prague’ (‘Stairs’), cooperates with the Kün Children’s Choir (arrangement and piano playing) and the Clan Choir ‘Claireton ‘.
Since September 2013, he has been a teacher and head of the piano and keyboard department at the Brandýs nad Labem Basic Art School. He is a concert pianist and the author of a number of symphonic, chamber, jazz compositions that are performed in European countries (Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Italy, France) and in America (USA).