ALEXANDER WOODS is a dynamic performer who fully embraces and promotes the panoramic history and literature of the violin. He is a member of The Sebastians, a Baroque ensemble based in New York City that burst on the early music scene in 2012 capturing the “Audience Prize” at the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition. Early Music Today described their offering at the National Centre of Early Music in York England as “elegant string playing…immaculate in tuning and balance.” Reviewers extol The Sebastians’ performances as “everywhere sharp-edged and engaging.” In a New York Times review, one commentator acclaimed Alexander’s “…showstopping accounts…” with TENET (another noteworthy early music ensemble) and praised his ‘…deft and sensitive…” musicianship.
Alexander’s commitment to a broad spectrum of repertoire is manifest in his work with an array of ensembles at top festivals and concert series in New York City and abroad: the Mostly Mozart Festival, Festival Pablo Casals, the Helicon Symposium, the Lincoln Center Festival, Festival Wien Modern, the Darmstadt Institute, the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series, the 4×4 festival, and the Bang-On-A-Can Marathon Concert. He may be heard on the Tzadik and Bridge record labels. A release with the Talea Ensemble was chosen by Steve Smith of Time Out New York magazine as one of the “top ten” classical albums of 2012.
Alexander is a member of the faculty at the Brigham Young University School of Music where he teaches violin, chamber music, and violin pedagogy. He is the founder and director of the BYU Baroque Ensemble, an early music chamber orchestra performing on original instruments created by the world-renowned Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City. He studied at Yale University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Arizona. Alexander plays a Baroque violin made by Jason Viseltear (New York City, 2012).