Alexandra Wood (2000)

Alexandra Wood, “a talent to watch” (The Strad), has won major prizes at International Violin Competitions including Wieniawski, Tibor Varga, Lipizer and Yampolsky. Alexandra graduated with a starred double first from Selwyn College, Cambridge before going on to the Royal College of Music in London, where she was President Emerita Scholar and studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky. She then became the Mills Williams and subsequently the Phoebe Benham Junior Fellow.

She has given recitals for numerous International Festivals (including Cheltenham, Bath, and Brighton) and also in London at the Wigmore Hall, South Bank, Kings Place and live on BBC Radio 3.
As a concerto artist she has performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, and the OSJ working with conductors including Richard Hickox, Roger Norrington and Martyn Brabbins. A frequent leader of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, she also regularly guest-leads other ensembles including London Sinfonietta, and Aurora Orchestra.

Alexandra has won many prestigious awards including the Worshipful Company of Musicians Medal, Maisie Lewis Award, Wingate Scholarship, Hattori Award and MBF awards. She was selected for the Tillett Trust Young Artists Platform, and won a “Star Award” from the Countess of Munster Trust.

Her CD of world premiere recordings -“Chimera”- was described as “splendid” in The Sunday Times, and in BBC Music Magazine as “agile, incisive and impassioned”. Last year she premiered a new violin concerto written for her by Hugh Wood. 2009 also saw the release of the ABRSM volume “Spectrum for Violin”, which she compiled, edited and recorded.

She plays a violin made by Nicolo Gagliano in 1767. This instrument was purchased with generous assistance from the Countess of Munster Trust, Abbado Young Musicians’ Trust, Loan Fund for musical instruments, and St James’ Place Partnership.

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