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Violinist Alexandra soumm Joins CAMI's Roster
December 12, 2014



Violinist Alexandra Soumm Joins CAMI's Roster
Alexandra Soumm will be represented by R. Douglas Sheldon
in North America, effective immediately.


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. 

 "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."
Colin Anderson,  Classical Source, November 2013
(Detroit Symphony Orchestra | Leonard Slatkin | Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47)
Photo: Benjamin Ealovega
 Photo: Benjamin Ealovega
"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."
Tim Homfray, The Strad, January 2013
(Recital at Wigmore Hall, London)

"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."
John Leeman, Seen and Heard International, May 2012
(Royal Northern Sinfonia | Janusz Piotrowicz | Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64)

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.
Columbia Artists Management - Sheldon Roster
R. Douglas Sheldon
Senior Vice President
5 Columbus Circle @ 1790 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
rdsheldon@cami.com
(212) 841-9512

Gabriella Campos
Associate Artist Manager
gcampos@cami.com
(212) 841 9543