French violinist Alexandra Soumm is a multi-faceted artist who is equally at home in concerto and chamber repertoire. Highlights of the 2017-2018 season include debuts with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Français des Jeunes, and Bruckner Orchester Linz, and returns to the BBC Scottish Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Alexandra has performed with leading orchestras around the world, such as the Royal, BBC, London, and Hungarian National Philharmonics, as well as the Baltimore, Galicia, RTÉ National, Danish National, Trondheim, NHK, Tokyo Metropolitan, Tokyo and Munich Symphonies. She has worked with distinguished conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Neeme Järvi, Lionel Bringuier, Edward Gardner, Alexander Shelley, Thomas Sondergard, Eva Ollikainen, Osmo Vänska, Juanjo Mena, and Marin Alsop and performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at consecutive Hollywood Bowls under the batons of Leonard Slatkin and Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla. In 2015 she made two U.S. summer festival debuts, in concerto at the Colorado and Breckenridge festivals.
Alexandra has ongoing relationships with many leading orchestras in France : Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, and Orchestre National de Montpellier. In the UK, she was a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artist roster 2010-12, during which time she worked with most of the BBC ensembles. She maintained her connection with the UK through her position as a London Music Masters awardee from 2012-2015.
As a chamber musician, she has given recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), and Wigmore Hall (London). She has also appeared at international festivals such as the City of London Festival, Deauville, Montpellier, MDR Musiksommer, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Verbier, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and Varna.
Alexandra works regularly with composer Christoph Ehrenfellner, who dedicated his second Violin Concerto and one of his string quartets to her. A skilled writer, her poem “Cercle” was set in 2015 for soprano and voice by composer Eric Tanguy.
In the spring of 2008 Alexandra’s debut recording of concertos by Bruch and Paganini was released on the Claves label. Le Monde de la Musique described her interpretation as ‘displaying a passionate and lyrical personality’. Her second disc with Claves, a recording of Grieg’s violin sonatas, was released in spring 2010.
Born in Moscow, Alexandra started to learn the violin with her father at the age of five and gave her first concert two years later. She later moved to Vienna to study with renowned pedagogue Boris Kuschnir and won the Eurovision Competition in 2004.
Now based in Paris, she, along with two friends, founded non-profit organization Esperanz’Arts in 2012, a collaborative of more than 60 artists performing in schools, homeless shelters, prisons and hospitals. In January 2013, Alexandra was named Godmother of the newly established El Sistema France. She is very involved with the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland and has been taking part in the project for the past 10 years. Passionate for teaching and communicating her artistry, Alexandra has given masterclasses in the United Stades, Venezuela, Brazil, Japan, Israel and Belgium.
Alexandra Soumm has joined the Artistic and Pedagogical Committee of the Musica Mundi School, which will open its doors in September 2018