Biography

Alexander Shonert was born in Siberia in 1972. He graduated from Novosibirsk State Conservatory in 1996 and three years later he completed his postgraduate studies. Since 1999 Shonert has been living and working in Prague. Shonert gives seminars and master classes in music academies and conservatories in Europe and the United States. Students and graduates of The Juilliard School, NY, USA, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN, USA as well as students of secondary and higher educational institutions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Canada, Spain and Singapore seek Shonert’s advice and support. The prestigious British magazine The Strad wrote about Alexander Shonert: “It is admirable that he is willing to use his own phenomenal playing ability to illustrate his theories, and to share his skill with colleagues in an open fashion.” He is a laureate of the Gustav Mahler European Prize (Prague – Brussels, 2001) and of the Antonin Dvorak World Prize (Prague, 2001). Shonert gives performances as a violin soloist throughout Europe and in the United States. In 2014 Shonert made his Washington DC debut playing to a standing room only crowd at the National Gallery of Art. Mr. Shonert performs the standard violin classics as well as haunting impromptu melodies in an emotionally rich tone and interpretive style that puts him in a league of his own. Shonert's emotionally rich tone, his intensity of feeling and the striking originality of his interpretative style, combined with enchanting improvisations, make him one of the world's greatest violinists today. The celebrated Maestro Josef Suk talks about Shonert and his interpretation of Dvorak’s compositions on the Czech TV show “Z metropole”, saying: “Shonert is a brilliant artist, gifted by God. I was moved by his work, my great-grandfather Antonin Dvorak should be interpreted in this way.” Czech National Artist, Maestro Vaclav Hudecek about Alexander Shonert's staccato playing said, “This is phenomenal! I have never heard anything like that in my life!” Apart from giving live performances, Shonert is successfully engaged in teaching. He has developed his own teaching method based on the laws of psychology, physiology and energy. Shonert has also developed his own system of online lessons. This enables him to discern the student’s problem and to give appropriate advice about how to overcome such difficulties. He is the author of the books: “Advanced Violin Technique Vol. I” and “How to Master Firm Staccato Up and Down in 3 Lessons ”