Musicianship

Violinist Alexander Giger is no stranger to variety. Performing repertoire ranging from Biber to Golijov, Alex is quickly gaining an international reputation as a multi-faceted ensemble musician. He has collaborated with and played among such ensembles as the Britten Sinfonia, Orpheus Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra. A former NSO Young Associate, Alex received coachings from professional orchestral musicians at the highest caliber. Alex has performed in many public masterclasses, most notably for Cho-Liang Lin and Gil Shaham. Alex has received scholarships to perform at many music festivals, including the Meadowmount School, the National Orchestral Institute, the St. Endellion Easter Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with Paul Kantor.

In September 2014, Alex established the Melanson Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music, as its 2nd violinist. Under the Academy's Davey-Posnanski Quartet Scheme, the quartet received high commendations and performed for the Schubert Society of Britain and in masterclasses and workshops at the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet competition. His quartet playing has also garnered numerous awards and recitals at the University of Maryland, and performed Mendelssohn’s String Octet in collaboration with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.


In addition to his orchestral and chamber music career, Alex has delved into the genre of Baroque Violin - he has already performed a number of large works within a Historical Performance ensemble, and looks forward to exploring the repertoire further. Having participated in many cross-media projects, Alex enjoys and embraces creative projects that stretch the conventions of ensembles and of music. Last summer, Alex served as the Promotions Intern for Schott Music London’s Contemporary Music Department. The past two summers, Alex received a fellowship to perform at the 2015 Lucerne Festival Academy, where he explored his passion for performing new music at the highest level.


Alex currently resides in Chicago, where he primarily performs with the Civic Orchestra. A native of Washington DC, Alex graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying under the tutelage of Sophie Langdon. Alex has previously studied with Phyllis Freeman at the Peabody Preparatory, and with James Stern the University of Maryland. At UMD, Alex received of the Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship, the Wallace Loh Music Scholarship, and the President’s Scholarship.

In addition to his musical career, Alex recently became a certified 200hr RYT yoga instructor through Yoga District.


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In London, UK, starting Fall 2013.

Also available for Baritone/Bass church and chorale singing.

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Education:
Royal Academy of Music, University of London. London, United Kingdom: Sep. 2013 ‒ Jul. 2015
· Candidate for a Master of Arts in Violin Performance | LRAM diploma
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Related Study: Viola | Secondary Study: Baroque Violin

University of Maryland (UMD) School of Music
. College Park, Maryland: Aug. 2009 ‒ May 2013
· Awarded Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | Minor in Philosophy from the College of Arts and Humanities
· Recipient of the Loh Music Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, and the Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship







If you would like, please view Alex's Curriculum Vitae here.