Alex Siniavski originally hails from St. Petersburg, but moved to Philadelphia in 1992. As a trombonist, he received Master’s Degrees from the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, and from Temple University, studying with Blair Bollinger, trombone member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He taught trombone and trumpet here at the Nelly Berman School for ten years, and is now returning after moving back to the Philadelphia area.
In addition to teaching trombone, trumpet, and euphonium, Alex is a virtuoso balalaika player (a Russian folk stringed instrument.) He is the musical director of Barynya – the best and biggest Russian dance and music ensemble outside of Russia. His own compact disk Barynya Russian folk songs was well received by European and American Russian folk music fans and professional musicians community. Additionally, the video of his virtuoso balalaika performance of Russian folk song “The Moon is Shining Brightly” is the most popular balalaika video on the planet, which placing him in the top 5 most-viewed balalaika videos of all time and the top 10 most-subscribed Russian folk musicians.