French violinist Alexandra Soumm is a multi-faceted artist who is equally at home in concerto and chamber repertoire. Orchestras with which she has collaborated in recent years include the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Helinski Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Tokyo Symphony. 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. 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.
In the 2013/14 season, Alexandra appeared with the Nuremberg Symphony, Deutsches Symfonie-Orchester Berlin, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira. She also made her US debut with the Detroit Symphony performing the Sibelius concerto with Leonard Slatkin, who subsequently invited her to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s summer season at the Hollywood Bowl. 2014/15 promises to be an equally exciting season. In addition to her debuts with the London Philharmonic and Munich Symphony, she also returns to the BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestre National de Bordeaux and Orchestra svizzera italiana.
Alexandra enjoys an ongoing relationship with many leading orchestras in France. In addition to the orchestras in Bordeaux and Toulouse, she has also performed with the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre National de Lyon and Orchestre National de Montpellier. In the UK, she was a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artist scheme 2010-12, during which time she worked with most of the BBC ensembles. She maintains her connection with the UK through her position as a London Music Masters awardee 2012-15.
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 the violin sonatas by Grieg, 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 the renowned pedagogue Boris Kuschnir and won the Eurovision Competition in 2004. Now based in Paris, she, along with two friends, founded non-profit organisation Esperanz’Arts in 2012, which was the culmination of four years’ involvement in charity projects aimed at creating opportunities through the arts. In January 2013, Alexandra was named Godmother of the newly established El Sistema France.
The violin Alexandra plays on is made by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini in Turin c.1785 and is known as the ‘ex-Kavakos’. The loan of the instrument by a benefactor is a part of the London Music Masters Award and has kindly been arranged through Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, London.