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Alexandra Soumm

Musician

Born in Moscow, Alexandra Soumm began violin with her father at the age of five. She gave her first concert two years later. She then continued her studies in Vienna with the famous pedagogue Boris Kuschnir and won the Eurovision competition in 2004.

Alexandra Soumm is a multifaceted artist, as at ease in concerto as in chamber music. Among the orchestras with which she has collaborated in recent years, we can cite the chamber orchestra of Zürich, the chamber orchestra of Lausanne, the symphony orchestra of Radio Frankfurt, the symphony orchestra of Trondheim, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK, Metropolitan Orchestra of Tokyo under the baton of Muhai Tang, Gilbert Varga, Peter Csaba, Lionel Bringuier, Thomas Sondergard, Vladimir Spivakov, Yoel Levi, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Herbert Blomstedt.

As a chamber musician, she has performed at the Louvre auditorium (Paris), the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Wigmore Hall in London, the City of London Festival and Toppan Hall (Tokyo). She has also given concerts in numerous international festivals: Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Deauville, Menton, Montpellier, Saint-Denis, Strasbourg, Verbier and the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. She is very involved in the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland, with which she has collaborated for ten years.

The 2014/15 season promises to be fruitful as Alexandra will make her debut with the London Philharmonic and at the Bayerisher Rundfunk in Munich. Then there will be the BBC Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Orchestra Swizzera Italiana again.

Besides the Capitole orchestra of Toulouse, in France she has performed with the Paris orchestra, the Ile de France national orchestra, the Lyon national orchestra, that of Montpellier and very recently with the national orchestra of Bordeaux-Aquitaine.

In Great Britain, she was named New Generation Artist (BBC Radio 3) from 2010 to 2012, which allowed her to perform with most BBC orchestras. Since 2012, she has also been a winner of the Music Masters in London.

Alexandra Soumm has recorded two records for the Claves label: the first concertos by Max Bruch and Niccolo Paganini, as well as the complete sonatas for violin and piano by Edvard Grieg with David Kadouch.

Now living in Paris, she created the Esperanz'Arts association with two friends in 2012, the culmination of four years of involvement in charitable and artistic projects.

She was named godmother of El Sistema France in 2013.

Alexandra Soumm plays a violin by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini (1785) known as "Ex Kavakos". This instrument is lent to him by the "Florian Leonhard Fine Violins" of London.

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