Born: September 22, 1980
Twenty six year-old clarinetist and saxophonist Alex Kontorovich was born in Russia and currently resides in New York City. He has worked alongside musicians such as Frank London, Brad Shepik, Steven Bernstein, Mike Sarin, Theodore Bikel, Paul Shapiro, Paul Brody, Peter Apfelbaum, Reuben Radding, Chris Washburne, Curtis Hasselbring, Dan Weiss, Aaron Alexander, Brandon Seabrook, Matt Darriau, David Krakauer, Margot Leverett, Alan Bern, Christian Dawid, Sanne Moricke, Michael Alpert, Henry Sapoznik, Peter Sokolow, Fima Efron, J Granelli, Alicia Svigals, and many others.
He has performed all over the world at venues such as the Lincoln Center and Birdland in New York; the Royal National Theatre in London; the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; Planet Music in Vienna; the Hackesches Hoftheatre in Berlin; the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow; and the Beer Festival in Tel Aviv....
In clarinetist Alex Kontorovich, the stately playing of Dave Tarras lives on. Like Tarras, Kontorovich holds much in reserve, carefully parceling out the trademark achy, bent notes--the krekhts and kneytshn that klezmer inherited from cantorial music--using them as delicately placed punctuation. Review of Klez Dispensers New Jersey Freylekhs, Seth Rogovoy, The Forward.
...reed player Alex Kontorovich played a hypnotic solo. Review of KlezSka live concert, Seth Rogovoy, Berkshire Eagle.
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