THE MUSIC MAKERS - Aleksandr Snytkin
THE MUSIC MAKERS
Get to know your DSO Music Makers! Each month, we will feature a new musician, and September is all about violinist Aleksandr Snytkin. Aleksandr was born in Germany and grew up in Lithuania. He made his way to Dallas in 2008, when he auditioned and won his job with the DSO – it was the first audition he had ever taken! Read on for a Q&A with Aleks, and be sure to follow the DSO on social media for more info about him this month!
Hometown: Vilnius, Lithuania
Education: Lithuania Music Academy (bachelor’s); Malmo (Sweden) Music Academy (master’s); Southern Methodist University (Artist Diploma)
With the DSO since: 2008
Previous position: Assistant Concertmaster, Bergen Philharmonic (Norway)
How and when did you start playing the violin?
During one of my family's visits to Russia, I (then only six years old) found myself in the music instrument section of the shopping mall. I asked my parents to buy me a violin but was rejected, because I was told it's not a toy. It took almost a year begging my parents to buy me violin and to start taking violin lessons.
What has been your favorite DSO concert/experience since you’ve been here?
Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with Maestro Jaap van Zweden last season. And more recently, the most wonderful concert with Maestro Fabio Luisi, which brought such soul-warming sound and musicianship to the DSO!
What do you like to do outside of music?
I like to meet people and travel! I like to show my kids how people live in different countries and have them try different food. And I just enjoy spending time with my family. I have two children – ages seven and ten – and they are both learning to play piano, so I practice with them on a daily basis.
What advice would you give to aspiring violinists?
Young violinists should spend lots of time working on their own original sound and expressing themselves based on what they experience in life. Our purpose as musicians is to provide everyone around us with food for the soul – an experience that purifies one's heart and minds. Always do what you love, and know that love requires years of looking for your own voice.
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