Alex “Nica” Malaimare, was born in 1989 into a family of artists. The Romanian violinist studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he moved to Antwerp, Belgium, to earn his master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory. Currently, he is pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Illinois, where he studies under the guidance of Stefan Milenkovich, Rudolf Haken, and the Jupiter String Quartet. Alex also studied, among others, with the celebrated Romanian violinist and teacher Ştefan Gheorghiu and has participated in the master classes of important musicians such as Almita Vamos, Rachel Barton Pine, and the Chiara String Quartet.
Alex has been involved as a soloist in orchestral and chamber groups and had the opportunity to collaborate with esteemed conductors such as Igor Coretti (Slovenia-Italy), Christian Badea (USA), and Donald Schleicher (USA), to name a few. Alex has performed in recitals and concerts in important venues in Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, and the United States. An important part of his career development as a musician has been winning the scholarship of the “SoNoRo” Chamber Music workshops. As part of the scholarship award, he had the opportunity to work and play in public concerts alongside artists such as Corinne Chapelle, Erik Schumann, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Adrian Brendel, David Cohen, Razvan Popovici, and Diana Ketler.
In addition to winning prizes at violin competitions in Romania, he also was awarded prizes from individuals and organizations such as the Rotary Club Atheneum Bucharest, Young Artist Competition of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and University of Illinois Concerto Competition. Most recently, he was awarded the “Judges’ Special Recognition Award” at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition 2017, and 1st Prize at the New York Artists International Competition, both with his quartet, with whom he gave a recital on July 6, 2019, at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.
Recently, Alex was appointed Adjunct Instructor of Violin at the University of Illinois Springfield, and was a member of the Eykamp String Quartet of the University of Evansville, as well as Principal Second Violin for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of Lincoln Center Stage.