Alexander Kionke was born in Germany. Already at a young age – as a member of the Thomanerchor Leipzig, he engaged in intensive studies of J.S Bach’s music which he continues to feels strongly connected to. Having finished his studies with Jürn-Jakob Timm at the conservatory in Leipzig, he studied with Marek Jerie and Stanislav Apolin at the conservatory in Lucerne where he graduated with the concert diploma. He concluded his studies in Lucerne under Peter Leisegang with the soloist diploma. Among other teachers, Alexander worked in master classes with Mitislav Rostropovich, Phillippe Muller, and Arto Noras. During his studies in Leipzig, Alexander was dedicated to playing in a string quartet while engaging in studies with the Gewandhaus Quartet for three years.

Alexander Kionke received the first prize of the Pontarlier International Academy of Music, and his “Duo Capriccio“ was honored as the best ensemble at the chamber music competition “Citta di Stresa.“ In addition to his manifold concert activities in Switzerland, various soloist and concert engagements led Alexander to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Thailand, South America, and the USA.

As a chamber musician, Alexander played with Daniel Dodds, Matthias Enderle, Daniel Hope, Eduard Rushton, Raphael Wallfish, and Matthias Zappa, among others.

Since 2002 Alexander has been the principal cellist of the Festival Strings Lucerne. He lives up to his enthusiasm for the big symphony orchestra and opera as a freelance musician of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and opera orchestra.

Alexander is the founder and artistic director of the concert series Küssnacht Klassik in Küssnacht, Rigi.

He works as a teacher at music schools in the cantons of Aargau and Zurich. His teaching is an important and enriching activity to Alexander.

Alexander Kionke, Niederlenzer Kirchweg 9, 5600 Lenzburg, Switzerland. Tel/Fax +41 62 891 43 31, Mobile +41 79 435 57 07