ABOUT ALEXANDRA CHERNYSHOVA

Opera Singer (Soprano) & Composer

Alexandra Chernyshova is an operatic soprano with enchanted stage presence and a composer of operatic music.

Alexandra was born in Kiev, Ukraine and studied at the R. Glier Kiev Institute of Music and at the National Music Academy by N.Nezdanova in Odessa where she graduated with honours and received her degree in 2003 as an opera and lied/concert singer and teacher. She holds a master's degree in Educational management majoring in High School Pedagogy, as well as a diploma in English teaching, Spanish and World literature from the University of Kiev and also European Master of Music degree in innovative practise from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Since 2019 is a member of Icelandic Composers Society - Tónskáldafélag Íslands

She began her career as a soloist in the Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre for Children and Youth, she performed on Ukraine's National radio and television and participated in international song & opera festivals; The International Musica Sacra Festival held in the city of Marktoberdorf, Germany, the Rhodes International Opera Festival in Greece, International Opera Studio by Katja Ricciarelli in Italy, the Mie International Music Festival in Japan, Opera Skagafjardar in Iceland, Icelandic symphony orchestra of the North, New York Contemporary Opera Festival, USA and others.


 

Recently Alexandra received Grand Prix at the International Festival of Arts "AURORA" (Stokholm, Sweden 2021) and Cultural Art Award of Reykjanesbæjar 2020 - Menningaverðlaun Súlann - a silver statue by artist Elísabet Ásberg.(Reykjanesbær,Iceland)
 
Among awards of Alexandra are First Prize and Second Prize at the International Composer Competition by Isaak Dunajevskiy (Moscow, Russia, year 2020 and 2019);
Laureate of the International World Folk Vision Competition (Canada, 2020) and International Prize of the Outstanding Young Icelanders for achievement in culture of Iceland (JCI,Reykjavik, Iceland, 2014);
Medal "For Friendship and Cooperation" and the promotion of friendly relations between Russia and Iceland (Moscow, Russian Federation, 2018), Certificate of Merit from the Commission on the Affairs of Compatriots Abroad, for a special contribution to the support of Russia, development of relations with the historical homeland, preservation of the Russian language and Russian culture( Iceland, 2019),  Alexandra - the finalist of the competition "Man of the Year", the National Award (Skagafjördur, Iceland, 2007),  the winner of the International Competition of opera singers (Rhodes, Greece, 2002) and the National Competition "New Names" (Kiev, Ukraine, 2002) and others.

 

At the age of 16 Alexandra sang with National Radio Orquestra of Ukraine  while recording classical song "Біле місто"/ "White city" by composer V. Shapovalenko in Kiev. Very young Alexandra won her first composer competition “Barvinok” in Kiev, then she won several song-writers competitions as “Artek - International”, “Gaudeamus”, “The best song about Kiev” and received memorable watch from the Mayor of Kiev - Oleksandr Omelchenko. Both Alexandra´s composition and  voice made her noticeable in Kiev music life  very young. At age of 18 Alexandra sang major opera role "Ivasik-Telesik" by O.Zerbakov in Kiev National Academical Music Theater of Opera and Ballet for youth where she was working as a soloist before moving to Iceland.

After moving to North Iceland in 2003, Alexandra Chernyshova founded a singing school, girl's choir and an Opera House. She made her way to the hearts of Icelanders through the beautiful crystal voice, sincere musicality and vivid stage presence.

After Alexandra's appearance as Violetta Valery in La Traviata”  by G. Verdi with the Icelandic Opera Skagafjardar company, music critics said that “Miracles still happen”.

 

In year 2013 she sang the leading role in her first composed Icelandic opera "The Poet and the Bishop's Daughter" - with lyrics by Guðrún Ásmundsdóttir - in a concert performance at the Saurbær Church of Hallgrímur Pétursson. The same year she received an award from the president of Iceland for outstanding achievement in music - Top 10 Outstanding Young  Icelanders, JCI. In 2015, Alexandra published her first music notebook - 14 arias, duets, trio and choirs for opera voice & piano.

Two years after, “The Poet and the Bishop's daughter” opera was performed in Moscow at Gnessin Academy with Russian opera singers as part of music bridge Russian Souvenir founded by Alexandra Chernyshova.

In 2017, this opera was translated into Ukrainian Language for the special celebration of R. Glier Music Institute's 150th Anniversary and was performed at the Tara’s Shevchenko National University of Kiev. Alexandra’s second opera-ballet The Northern Lights Fairytale on a libretto by her mother Evgenia Chernyshova was performed semi-staged at Reykjavik's Harpa Music Hall, in 2017.

Then followed, the release of the book and CD of “The Northern Lights Fairytale”.

Alexandra published 3 solo CD's, among them A Dream Russian album with 11 romances by Sergei Rachmaninoff,  accompanied by Icelandic legend - pianist Jonas Ingimundarsson.