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There were cheers, too, for Soumm's account of the Lalo work. The Russian violinist brought a lush tone, technical aplomb and abundant personality to the performance, nowhere more impressively than in the emotional, gypsy-flavored Andante. (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra | Marin Alsop | Lalo- Symphonie Espagnole) Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun, May 2016
Alexandra Soumm, violin soloist in Lalo's Symphonie Espagnol, seemed to take all the applause in her stride as she captured the flamenco and tango moods of the work's highly atmospheric and virtuosic five movements. Her violin sang with all the dark, sultry passion of a Carmen. The audience loved her and were rewarded with a beautifully reflective Telemann encore. (BBC Philharmonic | Juanjo Mena | Lalo- Symphonie Espagnol) William Ruff, Nottingham Post, March 2015
She gave a fiery, impulsive and edgy account of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, flamboyant and scorching, but she inhabited the work, her virtuosity serving the music and her particular view of it. Soumm has a generous spirit and found real soul in the slow movement. (Detroit Symphony Orchestra | Leonard Slatkin | Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47) Colin Anderson, Classical Source, November 2013
In Prokofiev’s Five Melodies op.35a, Soumm produced delicate lyrical shaping, controlled and expressive. The great Romantic swagger familiar from the Grieg was back in spades for Strauss’s E flat major Sonata, tempered with a broad and subtle range of mood and colour. The slow movement had tenderness and poetry...before the fireworks of the last movement, with Soumm technically dazzling, and smiling with the fun of it all. (Recital at Wigmore Hall, London) Tim Homfray, The Strad, January 2013
It positively sizzled but not at the expense of the lovely Mendelssohnian lyricisms. A former child prodigy, Alexandra is now a mature 23 year old who delivers playing of astonishing power from a slight frame in a way that seems to defy nature. The three component parts of orchestra, conductor and soloist were interpretively at one, negotiating their way through roller coaster tempi with perfect ensemble. A wonderful moment was Mendelssohn’s cadenza towards the end of the first movement delivered quite stunningly by the soloist. (Royal Northern Sinfonia | Janusz Piotrowicz | Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64) John Leeman, Seen and Heard International, May 2012
Franco-Russian violinist Alexandra Soumm has been making her name known among top European Orchestras and concert halls, and recently enjoyed celebrated debuts with the Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl), London Philharmonic, and Munich Symphony Orchestras. A former BBC 3 New Generation Artist 2010-2012, gold medalist of the Eurovision Competition for young musicians, and winner of the Grand Prize of the Vienna Conservatory Competition, Soumm has amassed a list of achievements beyond her age.
Orchestras with which Soumm has collaborated in recent years include the Orchestre . . . National de Lyon, BBC Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Helinski Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony. She has given recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), and Wigmore Hall (London). As a recitalist, she has also appeared at international festivals including Verbier, City of London Festival, Montpellier, and 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. Recent conductor collaborations include Leonard Slatkin, Osmo Vänskä, Alexandre Bloch, Edward Gardner, and Alexander Shelley.
In the spring of 2008 Alexandra’s debut recording of concertos by Bruch and Paganini 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.
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.
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 in the arts. In January 2013, Alexandra was named Godmother of the newly established El Sistema France.
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