Wednesday, February 29, 2012: Channeling Music

Alexander Shonert

Alexander Shonert performs frequently at the Spanish Synagogue and other intimate venues.

Channeling Music

“He is undoubtedly perhaps just the very best violinist (as for the technique) in the Czech Republic now. And moreover his performances are very original and full of the highest artistic quality that only a few musicians here are able to provide,” a musician friend told me.

He was speaking about Alexander Shonert, who plays the violin locally and throughout Europe as a soloist and guest soloist of philharmonic and chamber orchestras. Holding both undergraduate and doctor’s degrees from the State Music Academy in Novosibirsk, he has won several international awards. He has lived and worked in Prague since 1999, debuting in the United States in 2005.

We saw Mr Shonert perform at the Spanish Synagogue recently, and we have decided that he doesn’t actually play the violin, as much as he channels the music from – where ever it is that music ultimately comes from.

He interprets the music in such an inspired way that you feel drawn to him as the music flows out of his violin; yet at the same time, his musical creation is so intense, it’s almost overpowering.

You can watch him perform the melancholy Theme from ‘Schindler’s List’ in the video below, and see him perform it live in solo concert Mar 6 at the Cafe Restaurant in the Cordeus Center, Prague 6. –oo

–Mary Matz

Photo Credits: Photo and video: Miroslav Setnička

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