Twenty six year-old clarinetist and saxophonist Alex Kontorovich was born in Russia and currently resides in New York City. He has worked alongside musicians such as Frank London, Brad Shepik, Steven Bernstein, Mike Sarin, Theodore Bikel, Paul Shapiro, Paul Brody, Peter Apfelbaum, Reuben Radding, Chris Washburne, Curtis Hasselbring, Dan Weiss, Aaron Alexander, Brandon Seabrook, Matt Darriau, David Krakauer, Margot Leverett, Alan Bern, Christian Dawid, Sanne Moricke, Michael Alpert, Henry Sapoznik, Peter Sokolow, Fima Efron, J Granelli, Alicia Svigals, and many others.
He has performed all over the world at venues such as the Lincoln Center and Birdland in New York; the Royal National Theatre in London; the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; Planet Music in Vienna; the Hackesches Hoftheatre in Berlin; the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow; and the Beer Festival in Tel Aviv.
Numerous ensembles have requested his talents onstage and in the recording studio, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra; Jamie Begian's Big Band; ska superstar King Django; Serbian brass legend Boban Markovic; DJ SoCalled; and a slew of klezmer and world music groups such as the Klezmatics, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, the Klez Dispensers, Aaron Alexander's Midrash Mish Mosh, and Beyond the Pale.
Alex's newest project, Deep Minor, features all of his original compositions and experiments with an improvisatory harmonic and structural interplay between jazz and klezmer genres.
Alex is on the faculty of the KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar, the Westchester Klezmer Program, the Klezmer Heritage Cruise and International Klezmer Festival Furth, and produced a recording of the late legendary Moldavian clarinetist German Goldenshteyn