BCMG Violinist Alexandra Wood

Alexandra Wood

Violin

Alexandra Wood, ‘highly charged yet imaginatively refined’ (The Times), has won major prizes at International Violin Competitions including Wieniawski, Tibor Varga, Lipizer and Yampolsky. Alexandra graduated with a starred double first from Selwyn College, Cambridge before going on to the Royal College of Music in London, where she was President Emerita Scholar and studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky. She then held the Mills Williams and subsequently the Phoebe Benham Junior Fellowships.

She has given performances for numerous International Festivals (including Cheltenham, Bath, and Brighton) and also in London at the Wigmore Hall, Southbank, Kings Place and live on BBC Radio 3. As a concerto artist she has performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, and the OSJ. She has given the premiere of violin concertos specially written for her by Hugh Wood (2009) and Charlotte Bray (2010). Leader of City of London Sinfonia, and regular leader of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (with whom she has appeared at Carnegie Hall) she also frequently guest-leads other ensembles including London Sinfonietta, Aurora Orchestra, and Music for Ballet Rambert, and has collaborated with chamber groups such as The Schubert Ensemble and Endymion.

Her CD of world premiere recordings – Chimera – was described as ‘splendid’ in The Sunday Times, and in BBC Music Magazine as ‘agile, incisive and impassioned’. In 2009 the ABRSM volume Spectrum for Violin, which she compiled, edited and recorded, was released. She has also recently recorded for NMC two violin pieces by Oliver Knussen. She plays a violin made by Nicolo Gagliano in 1767.