Oleksandra Khmara

Oleksandra Khmara was born in Kyiv in 2005. She started playing music at the age of six at the Kyiv Music School №24, in the class of Maryna Reznik. Sasha only wanted to play the piano, but after the first lesson with her first teacher, she forgot about it. And the violin became her main focus.

Since 2015, Oleksandra has been studying at the Mykola Lysenko Kyiv Secondary Specialized Music School in the class of Bohdana Pivnenko. In 2019, she entered the Higher School of Music in Lausanne (Switzerland), class of Svetlana Makarova.

The violinist is a winner of many international competitions in particular, the International Juliusz Zarębski Music Competition (Warsaw, 2017) – First prize, International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists (Brussels, 2018) – Third prize, Odessa International Violin Competition (Odessa, 2018) – Second prize, Concorso Musicale Città di Villafranca – Grand Prix (Villafranca di Verona, Italy, 2019).

Despite her young age, Olexandra leads an intense concert life. She had dozens of performances as a soloist with the orchestra, collaborating with the orchestras of Ternopil, Zaporizhzhia, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Khmelnytsky Philharmonic, with ensembles “Kyiv Soloists”, “Kyiv Chamber”, with the Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra, student orchestra symphony of Ukraine Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music of Ukraine, and the orchestra “Kamerata of Kazakhstan”.

The musician performs many concerts both in Ukraine and abroad. She has performed in Warsaw, Zakopane, Krakow, Amsterdam, Brussels, San Vito, Saint-Cloud, Almaty, Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Bulach, Zurich, Lausanne, Sion, Paris and Montpellier.

Oleksandra pays a lot of attention to chamber music. In a duet with the young pianist Dana Baltrushaite, she regularly performs in Kyiv, and the duo also had a series of concerts in Israel (2019). As part of this duo, the musicians became the First prize winners at the International Juliusz Zarębski Music Competition in Warsaw (2017). Since 2018, Alexandra has been participating in various chamber ensembles of the Higher School of Music in Lausanne.

The musician strives to constantly improve her violin skills – she took an active part in master classes by A. Belov, V. Kuznetsov, O. Bendersky, O. Krysa, I. Korol, O. Brusilovsky, P. Vernikov, S. Makarova, and Y. Ozolini.