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Alexandra Simpson

Alexandra Simpson grew up in a small town in Sonoma County called Kenwood in a family of seven musical children. While she begged for dance lessons, thanks to an obsession with Riverdance, her mom said “I’m only driving all you kids to one location, and that’s music lessons”. The music lessons eventually paid off- she was awarded the Donald Green Scholarship to study at New England Conservatory with renowned performer and pedagogue Kim Kashkashian. There she discovered a passion for performing new music, performing in the Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Butch Morris, and John Zorn residencies, and for chamber music, attending Kneisel Hall Chamber Festival and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. While earning her Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts degrees at Yale School of Music, studying with Ettore Causa, Alexandra worked as Teaching Artist with the Yale Music in Schools Initiative and Morse Academy, which give free music lessons to New Haven schoolchildren and performed with H.E.A.R. Classical, partnering with the UN Chamber Music Society to perform works by historically marginalized composers. Now studying at San Francisco Conservatory, Alexandra continues to develop her skills as a chamber musician, performing in the Norman Fischer residency and attending the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England. She also continues her teaching work at East Bay Center for Performing Arts, which offers frees arts classes to children in under-served communities.