He twice obtained first prize in the national youth music competition for the entire U.S.S.R. Skwortsow developed a strong interest in folk music and at age 19 he made an expedition to Russia’s northern provinces to tape those peoples' music and transcribe it on paper. He felt that the music had to be written down or it would be lost forever. Click for an enlarged versionAfter playing with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Skwortsow entered the Leningrad Conservatory as a full-time student in the conducting and orchestral soloist Master class programs, where he explored a number of interesting musical ideas that helped him develop as a musician. He was invited to join a string quartet, and studied conducting as well as the violin. At 22 he joined the Leningrad Philharmonic while continuing to study with two exceptional violin teachers, Professor Boris Sergeiff (whose forte was the traditional, academic repertoire) and Moscow's Boris Goldstein, who was known for his command of virtuosic violin literature. With these two different approaches, says Skwortsow "I try to always make a nice mixture." Alexander Skwortsow, sketch made during performance on 20 June 2006In 1977, Skwortsow emigrated to the Netherlands where he became First Violinist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Primarius in the Rotterdam String Quartet. In 1982, after several successful seasons with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Skwortsow was invited to become First Concertmaster of the Lubecker Philharmonic in Germany. Between 1982 and 1987, Skwortsow received critical acclaim for his solo-performances and recitals, and was nicknamed a Bach- and Mozart Specialist by the German press. In 1987, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra invited Skwortsow to become the First Concertmaster of their orchestra, which was on the virge of bankrupcy at the time.
Skwortsow agreed and gave several unforgettable benefit-concertos with the Symphony, after which he remained concertmaster for two more years. In 1990, Skwortsow moved back to The Netherlands to focus more on his solo and recording career. Mr. Skwortsow’s acclaimed tours have taken him to France, the United States, Portugal, Monte Carlo and Japan, amongst others. Currently, Skwortsow continues to entice his audiences as a soloist and chamber musician, both in The Netherlands and abroad. © Alexander Skwortsow, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org - Sitemap Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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