Alexandre Da Costa
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|Alexandre Da Costa|
|Born||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Associated acts||Wonny Song|
Alexandre Da Costa is a Canadian concert violinist from Montreal, Quebec.
Life and career
Da Costa was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1979. He received a Master’s degree in violin in 1998 and a First Prize from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. From 1998 to 2001, he studied at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid with his mentor Zakhar Bron. In 2002, he won the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award for best Canadian artist under 30 years old. Between 2003 and 2006, after winning the Musical Instrument Bank competition of the Canada Council for the Arts, he played the 1689 Baumgartner Stradivarius. In 2010, he is the winner of the Virginia-Parker Award of the Canada Council for the Arts.
He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony, the Hamburg Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the Prague Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, Spain’s National TV & Radio Symphony Orchestra. He recorded live performances for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Radio-Classical International, Radio-Canada/CBC, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), Radio Nacional de España (RNE), Austria State Radio (ORF), TV Asahi Japan.
Between 1998 and 2006, he recorded 12 CDs for XXI-21 Records and ATMA labels, among them the world premiere recordings of violin Concertos by Portuguese composers Luis de Freitas Branco and Armando José Fernandes with the Extremadura Symphony Orchestra under Jesús Amigo, a disc nominated at the Juno Award 2006. Other recordings include Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the chamber orchestra of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s violin & viola duos with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s Solo violist Christian Frohn, concerti by Tchaikovsky & Bruch, Bach & Ysaye solo sonatas, Spanish works by Turina, de Falla, Nin, Albeniz, etc., Bloch & Williams works with the Biel Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Kreisler works with the Canimex Ensemble under Jean-François Rivest.
Da Costa is also artist-in-residence of Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada.
Prizes and Awards
- 1998 - First Prize from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec.
- 2002 - Sylva Gelber Foundation Award for best Canadian artist under 30 years old.
- 2003 - Musical Instrument Bank competition of the Canada Council for the Arts
- Musical Development Director - Canimex Foundation
- Canadian classical music
- Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts
- List of Stradivarius instruments