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French violinist Alexandra Soumm is a multi-faceted artist who is equally at home in concerto and chamber repertoire. 

Alexandra has appeared with Bruckner Orchester Linz, Galicia Symphony, Danish National Symphony, NHK Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl among many others. Ms. Soumm has given recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), and Wigmore Hall (London) and has also appeared at the City of London Festival, and the festivals of Deauville, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and Varna. A passionate supporter of the newest generations of musicians, Ms. Soumm has loved her work with Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Animato Foundation, the Sphinx Foundation, and Orchestre Français des Jeunes, and has maintained an involvement with the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland for over 10 years.

 

Soumm opened her 2019-20 season with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal South American Tour with Maestro Kent Nagano, performing in prestigious halls such as Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, and Palacio de Belles Artes in Mexico City. Her 2019-20 season will also include appearances with the Sarasota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Orchestre Nacional de Mexico, Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra, and a tour with the Joven Orquesta de Canarias JOCAN through the Canary Islands, featuring cities such as Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote. Soumm will also make her debut with the Halle Staaskapelle under the baton of Ariane Matiakh.

Alexandra’s strongest ties are to France and England where she has ongoing relationships with many leading orchestras including Paris, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier, and most of the BBC ensembles with whom she worked as former BBC 3 New Generation Artist and London Music Masters Awardee. 

 

Born in Moscow, Alexandra started to learn the violin 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 the non-profit organization Esperanz’Arts, whose goal is making the Arts in all its forms accessible to people in schools, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. Alexandra was named Godmother of El Sistema France. Passionate for teaching and communicating her artistry, she has given masterclasses in the United States, Venezuela, Brazil, UK, Japan, Israel, and Kenya. In 2018, she joined the Artistic and Pedagogical Committee of the Musica Mundi school, based in Belgium. 

Alexandra Soumm is happy to work with contemporary composers, such as Christoph Ehrenfellner, who composed a string quartet and his second violin concerto for her, and Eric Tanguy, who composed a piece for soprano and piano, based on her poem “Cercle.”

 

Alexandra plays on a Gioffredo Cappa violin, made around 1700. 

 

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