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Conversations with Alexandr Kislitsyn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandr Kislitsyn.

Hi Alexandr, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I grew up surrounded by music because both of my parents are musicians, and when I was five years old, my parents brought me to the music school where I started learning to play the violin. My mom, Galina, is a professional violinist. So, growing up, instead of going to a kindergarten, I would go to the symphony orchestra rehearsals with her. After the first rehearsal, my mom asked me, “What instrument do you like the most?” She thought I would say I like the violin, but I was fascinated by the loudness of the percussions. So, when my mom and I went to the music school, we signed up for both the percussion and violin lessons. I liked the violin and the music from the beginning, but I didn’t particularly appreciate practicing multiple hours when I was a kid. However, when I turned fifteen, I discovered that music could be an incredible tool to express feelings and emotions. Around the same time, I started to enjoy practicing and working on music much more.

Working hard, practicing multiple hours a day led me to numerous performances with orchestras and prizes in competitions.

At the beginning of 2012, I decided to come to the United States to study. A fellow Novosibirsk Conservatory alumni, Tatiana Abramova, introduced me to Dr. Eduard Schmieder at Temple University by relaying my recording. Dr. Schmieder called me a few days later and asked me if I could come and meet him at the Mozarteum Sammer Academy in Salzburg, where he gave masterclasses. At the end of the masterclasses, Dr. Schmieder asked me if I would like to study with him at Temple University. Of course, I said, “Yes!” When I came back home, I got an email from the university with a full scholarship offer. I was and am beyond grateful to Dr.Eduard Schmieder and Temple University for this opportunity.

That opportunity led to an invitation to participate in the iPalpiti Festival and play multiple performances around the Los Angeles area and at The Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Somehow, life works so that anything worth having either requires some sacrifice or challenges to get. My road has been a pretty rough one. I had some situations where people called me “brother” and later betrayed and took advantage of my intellectual property, etc. However, I view adversity as learning experience. They forcefully moved me out of my comfort zone and taught me. They made me the person I am now, made me stronger and more appreciative of what I do and who I am.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
During the last year and a half, I’ve been mainly doing recordings. We recorded three albums for Parma Recordings with the Trio Casals. Also, I produced two EDM tracks and did more than thirty live performances with Candelight Concerts in the last two months. Currently, I am producing another EDM single and preparing a cover song release of Tiesto’s “The Business,” which will be out on June 25th.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I am always open to new projects and responsive to my emails. The best support would be being curious about my music and sharing it with friends.

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