Soumm Alexandra

Strings

Alexandra SoummAlexandra Soumm is a French violinist, the Grand Prix winner of the Eurovision Competition for young musicians in Lucerne and the holder of the Herbert von Karajan Scholarship of the Karajan Centrum in Vienna.

Alexandra studied at the Vienna Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts and the Graz University of Music and Theatre (class of professor Boris Kuschnir(Austria). She made her debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus (2002).

Alexandra Soumm regularly appears at international festivals such as Verbier, Lugano, Gstaad (Switzerland), Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Saint-Denis, Menton, Besancon Montpellier and Montreux (France).

Alexandra cooperates with a lot of leading orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestre de Paris (Paris, France), the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Orchestre National d'lle de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice (France), the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Great Britain), the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Braunschweig State (Germany) and many others.

The violin which Alexandra plays on is made by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini in Turin in 1785 and is known as the 'ex-Kavakos'.

Alexandra Soumm, violin soloist in Lalo's Symphonie Espagnol, seemed to take all the applause in her stride as she captured the flamenco and tango moods of the work's highly atmospheric and virtuosic five movements. Her violin sang with all the dark, sultry passion of a Carmen. The audience loved her and were rewarded with a beautifully reflective Telemann encore.

Wiliam Ruff, Nottingham Post, 13 March 2015

She gave a fiery, impulsive and edgy account of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, flamboyant and scorching, but she inhabited the work, her virtuosity serving the music and her particular view of it. Soumm has a generous spirit and found real soul in the slow movement.

Colin Anderson, www.classicalsource.com, 7 November 2013