Alexander Chernyshkov is a composer, performer and improviser. Born in Russia, he grew up in Verona, Italy. In 2014 graduated at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Chaya Czernowin and Karlheinz Essl, and at the Kunstuniversität Graz with Clemens Gadenstätter.
Alexander Chernyshkov attended numereous academies and workshops such as Darmstädter Ferienkurse für neue Musik 2008-2010, Tzlil Meudcan (Tel-Aviv) and Tchajkovsky summer academy. Composers who were important for his path and with whom he studied or has been in touch are Pierluigi Billone, Georges Aperghis, Sergej Newski, Dmitrij Kourljandskij, Steven Kazuo-Takasugi. His music is regularly performed throughout Europe and Russia and is broadcasted by the Austrian and Russian radios (Ö1, BBC, TOPOT). His work was commissioned and programmed in festivals such as Wien Modern 2008 (Vienna), Donaueschinger Musiktage 2010 (Off-Programm), Gaudeamus 2015 (Utrecht), Biennale di Venezia Musica 2016-2017, Bludenzer Musiktage (Bludenz), Platforma (Moscow), NEW_Air (Vienna), Tzlil Meudcan (Tel-Aviv), Izlog Festival (Zagreb), Lost in translation (Moscow), Unsafe and sounds (Vienna), Pythian Games (St.Petersburg), Transit Festival (Leuven), Maggio Fiorentino (Florence), Musiktheatertage Wien 2018.
He experiments actively in building unique new instruments of strictly acoustical and mechanical origin using long tubes to transform the wind instruments or using motors, relays and electromagnets as vibrating sources.