Lithuanian violinist Aleksandr Snytkin was born in 1977 in Potsdam, Germany and began his musical education at the age of seven, studying violin and piano at the B. Dvarionas music school with S. Peciulis, and went on to receive his Bachelor and Master degrees in violin performance, chamber music and teaching from the Lithuanian Academy of Music in 1999 and 2001. His teachers at the Academy were Professors J. Urba and R. Katilius, and he completed his Lithuanian Masters degree as an exchange student at Malmoe Music Academy in Sweden, with Professor A. Fischer. In 2001 Mr. Snytkin came to the United States to pursue the doctoral degree at the University of Kansas, where he was a student of Professor Ben Sayevich and visiting Professor Eric Rosenblith and later continued his education at the Southern Methodist University, Artist Certificate program, Dallas, in the class of Professor Eduard Schmieder and Chee Yun Kim.
Aleksandr Snytkin has been soloist with several chamber orchestras in his native country, as well as being an active chamber musician, performing at festivals and participating in competitions in Lithuania, France, Sweden, Holland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, Israel and the United States. In december 2000 he was invited by the renowned Lithuanian conductor Saulius Sondeckis for the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra's tour in Germany, with the famous actor Peter Ustinov. He also performed with the Bach Academy, Europera, Odense and many other international symphony orchestras.
During many years of violin studies, Aleksandr was frequently improving his skills in masterclasses and lessons with renowned musicians such as: Dana Pomerantz and Juri Mazurkevich, Donald Weilerstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Elmar Oliveira, Leo Berlin, Vadim Gluzman, Emanuel Borok, members of the Prague Trio, Ysaye Quartet ,the Daniel Quartet.
In November 2002, Mr. Snytkin was a guest artist with Quartet Accorda in Kansas City and was soloist with the Lawrence (Kansas) Chamber Orchestra in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3. In April 2003, Aleksandr made his American orchestral solo debut, performing the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Springfield (Missouri) Symphony Orchestra, as a result of his winning the Springfield Symphony Concerto Competition. In February 2004, he was again guest artist with Quartet Accorda and Van Cliburn Competition gold medal winner, Stanislav Ioudenitch, performing the Franck Piano Quintet. In May 2005, Mr. Snytkin was performing at the “Sugrizimai”(“Returns”) festival in Lithuania and was awarded a special diploma from the mayor of Vilnius for spreading Lithuanian musical heritage all over the world. In 2006 Aleksandr was invited to the Music in the Mountains festival in Colorado and in 2007 participated in chamber music performances with Anne Akiko Meyers.
Most recently Mr. Snytkin won the instrumental division in Naftzger Young Artists Competition and received a special prize as one of the best violinists in the International Swedish Duo Competition. From 2005 to 2007 he was also invited to represent Lithuania in the Young Artists International Festival, with the “I Palpiti” chamber orchestra tour in Slovenia, Austria, USA and Israel. The tour included concerts at the famous “Mozarteum Grosse Hall”, Salzburg (Austria), “Disney Hall”, Los Angeles (USA) and YMCA hall in Jerusalem, followed by engagements for the 2007 concerts in Philadelphia and New York's Carnegie Hall.
After serving as an Assistant Concertmaster and Guest Concertmaster of the Plano and Irving Symphony orchestras for several years, Aleksandr joined Dallas Symphony Orchestra and after one season signed a contract with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway as an Assistant Concertmaster. After a full season in Norway, Mr. Snytkin returned to Dallas and re-joined Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2010.
Aleksandr performs on the 19th century French violin made by Paul Bailly and French bow by Francois Lupot.
" Violinist Aleksandr Snytkin lived up to his reputation as an emerging virtuosoт…his delicate touch created a sense of intimacy, seducing the listener with sweet tone, finely executed trills and occasional astringency for contrast. The work's wide dynamic range was expertly judged, from tightly coiled moments to the melting tone that brought each section to close." Springfield News-Leader review, 2003
" … Aleksandr Snytkin appeared as a virtuoso violinist, he demonstrated his technical and artistic maturity…" Literature and Art. Vilnius, Lithuania, 2004
“ … Mr. Snytkin captures the attention of the listener with depth of musical engineering and poetic fantasy…he is very sensitive in varying his vibrato in achieving a great palette of timbre” violinist, Prof. Ben Sayevich
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