Division: Instrumental Conducting & Ensembles, String Performance
Position: Associate Professor
Office: E-570 HFAC
Alexander Woods has been hailed by the New York Times as both a “showstopping” violinist as well as a “deft and sensitive accompanist.” He has studied with many of the world’s great violinists and pedagogues, including Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Syoko Aki, and Mark Rush, and loves passing on the great violin tradition to students. He is in demand as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral musician in New York City and abroad, performing most recently at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, the World Financial Center, and Trinity Wall Street Church. He frequently performs with the world-renowned Talea Ensemble, the Sebastian Chamber Players, the Clarion Society, Ensemble ACJW, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and is a member of the early music group TENET. Mr. Woods was formerly the first violinist of the iO String Quartet and has recorded with them for Bridge Records. This spring he will be involved in recording Handel’s Judas Maccabeus with the Clarion Society.
Mr. Woods worked closely with, and premiered several works by, some of the greatest composers of our time, including John Adams, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Tod Machover, Ingram Marshall, and Tarik O’ Reagan. He has performed at many festivals, including Mostly Mozart (Lincoln Center), Bang-on-a-Can, the New Albion SummerScape Festival, the 4×4 Baroque Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow, Russia. He has also collaborated and performed with the Mark Morris and the Martha Graham dance companies.