Born in Omsk, Russia to a family of musicians, Alexandr began to play the violin at the age of five with Professor Muralev, an Honored Artist of the Russian Federation and the concertmaster of the Omsk Symphony Orchestra. Winner of a number of national and international competitions, including First Prize at the Jyvaskyla International Competition 2011 in Finland and numerous awards from prestigious Russian organizations, he has performed in concerts throughout Russia as a soloist with chamber and symphony orchestras. In 2009, Alexandr toured Finland as a member of a Novosibirsk “Bright Bows” ensemble and was assistant concertmaster of the International Symphony Orchestra, which participated in an International Forum Russia-Asia in Indonesia in 2011 and in Thailand in 2012. That same year, he graduated cum laude from the Novosibirsk Conservatory (under Professor Marina Kuzina-Koifman), where he was a concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra from 2009. He participated and performed at the summer festivals, including the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg. Prior to his arrival in the United States, he was the leader of a string quartet which premiered compositions of contemporary Russian composers. Alexandr received his Master’s Degree from the Temple University Center of the Arts, where he studied with Professor Schmieder (from 2012 to 2016), and served as a concertmaster of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra. He performs in chamber and solo music recitals in the Philadelphia area. With fellow “iPalpitians” Azer Damirov, Akhmed Mamedov, and Joseph Kauffman he founded BlueLine String Quartet, arranging popular compositions to promote classical music to everyday listeners. His interests include photography and he is also a certified personal trainer.