Instructor of Music
James Alexander is an American violinist who enjoys an international career as a teacher, soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. He currently heads the String Program at Nicholls State University, an intensive program for gifted string players, where he teaches violin, viola and chamber music.
He began his violin studies in his native Baton Rouge, at Louisiana State University and continued his studies in New York with Ivan Galamian and later in London with Yfrah Neaman. He was awarded the Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix) from the Guildhall School of Music in England.
After working professionally Europe as an orchestral and chamber musician, Alexander returned to the United States as artist-in-residence teaching violin at Louisiana State University in 1998, where he taught for nine years. Alexander was invited to coach at the String Quartet Symposium in Ernen, Switzerland where he continues to teach and perform every year. He is also on the faculty of the CIVEBRA International Summer Course in Brasilia.
Alexander is the director of the Pelican State Chamber Music Series, which is funded by the Louisiana Council for the Arts. He is a member of the Burle Marx Trio and most recently, the Alexander-Soares violin and piano duo, currently in residence at Nicholls State University. The Alexander–Soares Duo performs a variety of repertoire with a special emphasis on the music of Brazil. A CD of the complete works for violin and piano by the Brazilian composer Liduino Pitombeira is due this fall.
Alexander is an active chamber musician and soloist having given concerts in Austria, Czechoslovakia, England, Germany, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Serbia, Brazil, Uruguay, Romania and throughout the United States. His performances have been broadcast locally and nationally on radio and TV. He was recently awarded The Diploma of Excellence for his significant contributions to Romanian music by the government of Romania and has been recognized as an honorary Alumnus of Nicholls State University. Most recently, he was invited as a guest artist to the Offenberg Festival in Germany, toured Brazil as a member of the Alexander-Soares Duo and performed at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage in Washington D.C. and the Atheneum in Bucharest. He has given master classes throughout Brazil and the United States as well as at the Dinu Lipati School of Music and the George Enescu School of Music in Bucharest, Romania.
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