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 Zurich Chamber Orchestra (Tang), Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (Varga and Csaba), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bringuier), Trondheim Symphony (Sondergard), National Philharmonic of Russia (Spivakov), Israel Philharmonic (Levi, Frubeck de Burgos and Blomstedt), NHK Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Tokyo Symphony. As a chamber musician, she has given recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Wigmore Hall (London), City of London Festival and Toppan Hall (Tokyo). She has also appeared at international festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Deauville, Menton, Montpellier, St Denis, Strasbourg, Verbier and the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. 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.
Highlights in Alexandra’s 2012-13 season include Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Gardner), Sibelius Humoresques with the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (Vedernikov), Glazunov concerto with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Helsinki Philharmonic (Vásquez), Beethoven Triple Concerto with the BBC Symphony (Robertson) and Mendelssohn concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony (Hughes). She will also return to the Auditorium du Louvre in a chamber programme.
Alexandra enjoys an ongoing relationship with many leading orchestras in France. In addition to the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, she has also performed with the Orchestre de Paris, 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 2012-2015.
In the spring of 2008 Alexandra’s debut recording of the Bruch and Paganini concertos 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 Soumm 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 organisation Esperanz’Arts in 2012, which was the culmination of four years’ involvement in charity projects aimed at creating opportunities through the arts.
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.