Alexander Kionke

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Alexander Kionke was born in Germany. As a chorister at St Thomas's in Leipzig, he was confronted very early and intensively with the music of J.S. Bach; he still feels a close bond with it today. After completing his studies with Jürnjakob Timm at the Leipzig College of Music, he gained his concert diploma in the class of Marek Jerie and Stanislav Apolin at the Lucerne College of Music and ended his studies with the soloist's diploma in the class of Peter Leisegang.

During his student years in Leipzig, Alexander Kionke devoted himself intensively to quartet-playing and studied it with the Gewandhaus Quartet for three years. He received first prizes and awards at the Académie Internationale de Pontarlier and with the Duo Capriccio at the International Chamber Music Competition in Stresa.

He is the initiator and artistic director of the Küssnacht Klassik concert series in Küssnacht am Rigi and teaches in the cantons of Aargau and Zurich.

How did you become a member of the Lucerne Festival Strings?

«One of my teachers, Peter Leisegang, was solo cellist with the Lucerne Festival Strings. I got to know the orchestra when Baumgartner was still there, and even as a student it was my dream to be able to play in it. Playing in such an orchestra is almost like chamber music. I like that very much.»