Born: October 18, 1990 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Talent, Charm & Jazz!
Alexandra (Shura) Sherling was born to be famous. Her talented parents, Olesya Sherling (mother, vocalist, composer, jazz musician & improviser) and Yuri Sherling (father, Honored Worker of Art of RSFSR, Doctor of Arts, composer, theatre director, choreographer and writer) just could not give a birth to an ordinary child. From age of 4 Shura (so her parents call Alexandra) stunned everybody by her rare gift of singing. Little Shura made renowned jazz musicians respect her unique talent. She felt very at home on stage, had excellent English pronunciation and musicality. At such early age she was a very impressive performer.
Shura won her first Prize and the Gold medal at “World Talents” international contest in Los Angeles, (USA) when she was 6. Then there were a Special Award at the “Bravo-Bravissimo” competition in Сremona (Italy), participation in “Children- stars to Children of the World” TV Marathon in Amsterdam (Holland), live performance at Moscow Jazz Festival dedicated to Gershwin’s 100 anniversary. Igor Nikolaev, a popular TV host and producer of “Morning Star”, high rated TV show, spotted that petite girl with big blue eyes and a “bob” hair cut. Shura’s smash success on the show was a beginning of her professional life in music.
While Alexandra is growing her commitment to Jazz has firmly stayed up. In 2003 she takes part in a jazz festival, in 2004 she graduates from Music School at the Music College of Pop & Jazz with a firm desire to pursue singing as a professional career.
“For me Jazz was always a high art � says Alexandra � In my understanding this music of God was suffered by entire nation. I decided to turn to jazz repertoire not because of the ambitions to become jazz Diva but because I feel by my skin the philosophy of this music”.
In December 2009 Alexandra completed recording of “DREAM” album, an original interpretation of 11 jazz standards, everlasting hits of 40-60s of the XX century, such as «Route 66», «Orange Colored Sky» and «L-O-V-E», brilliantly performed by Nat King Cole.
The presentation of the debut album “DREAM”, an illustrious theatrical performance that was taken place in the Theatrical Hall of the Moscow International House of Music on March 2, 2010 was SOLD OUT. The musicians who participated in the recording of the release appeared on stage together with Alexandra. They were Valeri Grokhovski, ingenious pianist - improviser and arranger of all 11 standards, his instrumental trio, “Hermitage” Ensemble of Soloists with their leader Alexei Utkin, an outstanding oboe player and other prominent Moscow jazz collectives.
Alexandra Sherling’s “DREAM” was invited to Java Jazz Festival 2010 in Jakarta, the largest Jazz Festival in the world. It was a smash success praised in Jakarta media. Alexandra received professional credits from the jazz stars like Roy Hargrove and Donn Wyatt. She was interviews by Wolfgang Spindler, Euronews correspondent for Le Mag.
No doubt Alexandra Sherling is one of the best young jazz singers in Russia with lots of credits and respect from music professionals worldwide. Her strong, with sensual sub tone voice is so beautiful and clear that listeners have goose bumps when they hear this strikingly penetrating sound. In one of the interviews to a magazine Alexandra once said -“Frankly it is so much of me that I cannot fit into myself”. Looking at Alexandra you understand that it is so true, it is hard to believe that so much talent and potential can accumulate such a young human being except this human being is Alexandra Sherling.
Awards:2007 - Grand prize, "Orlyonok" International Talent Competition in Tuapse, Russia
2003 - "Triumph" - Russia's Annual National Prize for the Achievements in Music, Russia
1997 - Gold Medal, "World Talents", International Talent Competition, Los Angeles, USA
1997 - First Prize in the Vocals Category, World's International Contest "Bravo, Bravissimo" Cremona, Italy
“Jazz star lit up in Russia - Alexandra Sherling”
�- 50 (25318) on 23.03.2010
“…On that day together with a charming Sasha on stage of the MIHM were performing best jazz ensembles: a trio of a well-known pianist, composer Valeri Grokhovski , an ensemble of soloists Hermitage under the leadership of the Golden Oboe of Russia Alexei Utkin and Oleg Lundstrem’s Orchestra.
The concert had many famous guests, but the most honorable of them was Joseph Kobzon , who used to be a direct associate of Alexandra on stage: when Sherling was little, they often sang a duet…”
“…Thanks to artistry, energy and rare vocal talent of Alexander she simply tore deafening applause of the audience...”
16.03.2010 8:29 by Lana Mueller
“…From 5th to 7th of March 2010 Jakarta (Indonesia) welcomed a regular Java Jazz Festival...”
“…Here is an after her (Alexandra’s) performance remark by the legendary trumpeter Roy Hargrove: Others we do not need. Neo-bop virtuoso was not alone in his assessments. Style and craftsmanship of the nineteen year old singer was also noted by pianist George Duke, trumpeter Maurice Brown and a few hundred people who were lucky enough that night to get to her concert in «B2 World Music Hall»... “
“Alexandra Sherling was the sole representative of Russia at the International Jazz Festival in Jakarta “
“…Despite her young age, Alexander is not new to jazz. Brought up in the spirit of world jazz tradition, from early age she affects an audience with her extraordinary talent. During the three days that the festival took place Alexander was in the spotlight of the music press…”
“Alexandra Sherling was the sole representative of Russia at the International Jazz Festival in Jakarta”
“…According to critics, her performance can be boldly called a triumph of Russian jazz on the world stage...”
“Java Jazz Festival 2010: Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio, Maurice Brown, Alexandra Sherling”
Submitted by Vierna on March 6, 2010 � 12:48 pm
Alexandra Sherling in B2 World Music Hall gave away one amazing performance. Dressing up in a simple style clothes she gave away not only amazing voice but also amazing appearance. Filled up with many of audiences from wide ranging age, she gave one magical performance that no one could forget.”
«Evening of Jazz»
“The performance of each song the audience met with a storm of applause and shouts of Bravo. At the end of the concert the audience is literally covered up Alexander with flowers. Some should line up in order to give her a bouquet of flowers and congratulate her on the success”
Author: Ivan Pertus
“…Crediting the high skill level of musicians, abundant energy of youth, artistic and exciting vocalism of the young performer, the Golden Collection has become a truly new and fresh sound, causing an endless storm of applause from the audience…”
“…By his visit and sincere congratulations People's Artist of USSR Joseph Kobzon expressed a special gratitude to the celebration’s “wrongdoer”, with whom Alexander Sherling repeatedly appeared on stage, while still a child. Among the popular people, including guests were also observed Arkady Ukupnik, Dominik Joker, Alexander Zhurbin and others…”
“…Completely filled by the audience hall, a sea of flowers, congratulations, but, most importantly, lingering applause after each song - became the greatest reward to the successful debut of the singer…”
“Beauty against pain: children's art exhibition dedicated to Renoir’s birthday”
On Feb. 25 at the TSAO Prefecture of Moscow has opened a charity exhibition of drawings of children with rheumatic diseases The pain passes, but beauty remains!
February 27, Saturday, 2010 | 23:14
“…The children were entertained by children's creative group, a magician and a clown, and for adults sang jazz singer Alexander Sherling. Visitors took part in the flash mob, creation of collective painting for children- patients of the Department of Rheumatology Research Center of Children's Health…”