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Alexander Mishnaevski

“Star-caliber musicianship...soulful...virtually flawless playing...intensity, accuracy and a warm, sweet tone...uncanny rapport...technical bravura and virtuosic deftness.” These are just a few of the comments made by critics about the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Violist Alexander Mishnaevski.


Born in Moscow, Alexander began studying the violin at the age of six at the renowned Central Music School of Moscow. After graduating, family immigrated to the United States in 1973.  Once in the US, he was excepted on full scholarship and graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, studying with the legendary Dorothy Delay. While at Juilliard, Alexander changed from violin to viola at the suggestion of Isaac Stern. Alexander became an American Citizen in 1979. Alexander joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Principal Violist in 1986. Prior, he held positions of Principal Violist for the New York Chamber Orchestra, the New York Pro Arte Ensemble, Montreal’s McGill Chamber Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra (1979-85) and Orquestra Sinfonica de Jalapa in Mexico (1982-84).  Alexander has performed in solo, chamber music concerts and in recitals throughout the world. He has collaborated on solo and chamber music projects with eminent players including Isaac Stern, Shlomo Mintz, Joseph Silverstein, Shmuel Ashkenazy, Franz Helmerson, Elmar Oliveira, Mark Peskanov, Alexander Peskanov, Robert DeMaine, Joseph Swenson—just to name a few.

As a soloist, Alexander has appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New York City Symphony, Manhattan Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma Symphony, Queens Symphony Orchestra (New York), the New Jersey State Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Jalapa, the Taipei National Symphony and the Singapore Symphony. He has also performed in Korea and Hong Kong on numerous occasions.
Locally, Alexander performs with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Windsor, Southfield, Grosse Pointe and Dearborn.
He also teaches in his private studio, and has taught master classes and workshops in the US, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong and Mexico.

For the past few years Alexander is very serious about art of conducting, and has conducted Detroit area orchestras such as Gross Pointe Symphony, Southfield, Dearborn and Wayne State.
Conducting teachers include:
Neeme Jarvi
Jerzy Semkow
Leonard Slatkin
Leonid Grin
Suzanna Pavlovsky


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John McLaughlin Williams

John McLaughlin Williams is a four-time GRAMMY nominee, and the first African-American conductor to win a GRAMMY award. He has received acclaim from international publications Gramophone, Classic FM, International Record Review, Fanfare, American Record Guide, and the distinguished French recording journal Diapason. His career has brought conducting engagements throughout the United States, and he is known particularly for his advocacy of music by American and minority composers.

John McLaughlin Williams’ musicianship crosses musical genres; in addition to his classical conducting he has been active in Broadway performances, orchestral pops concerts, and as orchestral conductor for artists such as Al Jarreau, Brian McKnight, The Winans, and the Celtic ensemble Colcannon.

His guest conducting appearances include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony and National Radio Orchestras of Ukraine, Chicago Sinfonietta, Classic FM Symphony Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria), Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Cayman Islands Arts Festival (B.W.I.), and the Britt Festival Orchestra.

John received a GRAMMY Award in 2007 for his performance of Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques, recorded with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and pianist Angelin Chang. John has since received three more GRAMMY nominations for his recordings of the Ernest Bloch and Benjamin Lees Violin Concerti with soloist Elmar Oliveira, and the Complete Viola Works of Quincy Porter with violist Eliesha Nelson.

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