28 May 2013
At the final concert of the 2012/13 season on 15th June, the FSO will be joined by Alexandra Wood, who will perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Described in The Strad magazine as “a talent to watch”, Alexandra Wood is fast establishing herself as one of the most dynamic, versatile violinists of her generation. She 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 was subsequently awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Medal and held both the Mills Williams and Phoebe Benham Junior Fellowships.
Amongst her many achievements on the competition platform she has become one of the first British violinists to win major prizes at prestigious International Violin Competitions, including the Wieniawski, Tibor Varga, Yampolsky and Rodolfo Lipizer competitions. Alexandra gave her South Bank debut back in 2001 (as part of the Park Lane Group’s Young Artists’ Recital Series) where she was described in the Observer as “a fiery violinist” and in The Times as “ highly charged yet imaginatively refined” in a piece which “demanded quite extraordinary physical and imaginative dexterity from the players”. She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, for Classic FM, Polsat Polish Radio and for the Radio Suisse Romande and recently released a new CD of world premiere recordings, described in The Sunday Times as “splendid”, and BBC Music Magazine as “agile, incisive and impassioned”.