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 Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Helsinski Philharmonic, working with such distinguished conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Neeme Järvi, Lionel Bringuier, Edward Gardner, Alexander Shelley, Leonard Slatkin, Thomas Sondergard and Osmo Vänskä.
As a chamber musician, Miss Soumm 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, Radio-France, 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.
2014/15 promises to be an exciting season. In addition to her débuts with the London Philharmonic and Munich Symphony, she also returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Orchestra svizzera italiana. In recital she gives a solo performance at the Moscow House of Music.
During the 2013/14 season, Miss Soumm appeared with the Nuremberg Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-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.
Alexandra enjoys an ongoing relationship with many leading orchestras in France. In addition to the orchestras in Paris and Toulouse, she has also performed with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, 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 organization Esperanz’Arts in 2012, whose goal is making the Arts in all its forms accessible to people in schools, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.
Alexandra works regularly with composer Christoph Ehrenfellner, who dedicated his second Violin Concerto to her, as well as a string quartet. Passionate about communication, Alexandra has given masterclasses in America, Venezuela, Brazil, Japan and Israel. She will be teaching this summer at the Musica Mundi Chamber Music Festival and was named Godmother of El Sistema France in 2013.
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.