Alexandra Wood

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Alexandra Wood (born 1977) is a violinist from Cookham, England. She began playing at 3 years old, gaining 140 marks for her grade VIII Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examination at the age of 10. She gave her first concerto performance at 13, joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in the same year which she went on to lead in her mid teens.

In 2000, Alexandra graduated from Selwyn College, Cambridge with a double first with distinction. She then went to the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Izhak Rashkovsky, and was awarded the President Emerita Scholarship. Upon graduation she was awarded the Mills Williams[1] and Phoebe Benham Junior fellowships.

She has won major prizes at international violin competitions including the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition,[2] Tibor Varga, Rodolfo Lipizer and Yampolsky. Wood was the winner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians Medal in 2000.


Wood is a frequent leader of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. She is a frequent duo partner with Huw Watkins whom she met at University. She is a member of Contemporary Consort; a small ensemble that specialises in British music dating from 1900 to the present.[3]

In 2009, she released a CD of world premiere recordings: Chimera.[4] The same year, Wood premiered a new violin concerto written for her by Hugh Wood (no relation).[5]

In 2011, Alexandra premiered a violin concerto “Caught in Treetops” by Charlotte Bray at the Aldeburgh Festival.[6]

In 2013, Alexandra accepted the position of leader in the City of London Sinfonia.[7]

She also regularly guest-leads other ensembles including the London Sinfonietta[8] and the Aurora Orchestra.[9]

Wood plays a violin made by Nicolo Gagliano in 1767.


  1. ^ "Alexandra Wood (2000) — Mills Williams Foundation". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Prizewinners". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  3. ^ "player biographies". Contemporary Consort. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Chimera CD cover". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Violin Concerto No. 2, Hugh Wood". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  6. ^ Andrew Clements (2011-06-27). "CBSO/BCMG/Knussen – review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
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  8. ^ "London Sinfonietta". London Sinfonietta. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  9. ^ "Aurora Orchestra". Aurora Orchestra. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 

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