Cellist from Grasse, France,
who started his studies at five years of age and attended the Conservatoire
National Superieur de Musique de Paris,
from whence he graduated in 1997 with the Premier Prix de Violoncelle. He furthered his education at Boston University, where he earned a Master’s
degree in music. His
instructors included Andres Diaz, Jean-Marie Gamard, George Neikrug, and
November 2001, he and Laurent Chatel and Melissa Reardon performed on of
Ludwig van Beethoven’s string trios as part of Harvey Lodish’s
60th Birthday Symposium at M.I.T.
He gave one of
the first—if not the first—performances of Mauricio
Pauly-Maduro’s “Entonces descendio a su memoria, que le parecio
interminable” in April 2003.
October 2003, the Tancrede Trio—which he co-founded and was rounded
out by the aforementioned violinist Laurent Chatel and pianist Toma
Popovici—opened the Cohen Chamber Music Concert Series season in
Sargent Gymnasium at Hebron
He appeared on
Chayanne’s Mi Tiempo and
fulfilled principal cellist duties with the Tanglewood Music Center
Orchestra in a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlos, under the baton of James Levine, in 2007.
March 2007, he and clarinetist Arthur Lukomyansky, pianist Toma Popovici
and violist Michael Zaretsky interpreted works of Beethoven, Johannes
Brahms and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Temple
Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts.
He and Artur
and Toma and violinist Sarita Kwok participated in the Rockport Chamber
Music Festival on 14th June 2007. Their program comprised Olivier
Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” and Maurice
Ravel’s “Duo for Violin and Cello”.
October 2007, he and pianist Rob Prester appeared at Newton Free Library,
where they played Beethoven’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano in G
minor, Op. 5, No. 2” and Cesar Franck’s “Sonata for Cello
and Piano in A”.
He became a
member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2008.
In 2009, he
appeared on Chris Botti’s Live
in Boston and the CD+DVD package, Chris
Botti in Boston.
July 2009, he and clarinetist William R. Hudgins, pianist Orli Shaham and
violist Michael Zaretsky offered up the BSO’s prelude concert, which
consisted of “Duo in E flat for Viola and Cello” by Beethoven
and “Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano” by Max Bruch.
He and fellow
BSO cellists Blaise Dejardin, Adam Esbensen and Mihail Jojatu co-founded
the Boston Cello Quartet in January 2010.
On 28th March
2010, another group with which he is active, the Alianza String Quartet,
took the stage at the Sanford Calderwood Pavilion where they showcased the
music of Beethoven, Mozart, and Hugo Wolf.
Cello Quartet made their Tanglewood debut in July 2010, to rave reviews.
August 2010, they appeared at the Ventfort
and Gilded Age Museum,
where they did their own takes on “Adagio” by Tomaso Albinoni
and Remo Giazotto, “Konzertwalzer, Op. 31” by Wilhelm
Fitzenhagen, the overture from The
Marriage of Figaro and “Sonata in D major, K. 381” by
Mozart, “La muerte del angel” by Astor Piazzolla, and “Marche
Militaire” by Franz Schubert.
again participated in the BSO’s prelude concert on 27th August
2010, which included Beethoven’s “Septet in E flat for Winds
and Strings, Op. 20” and John Harbison’s “Deep Dances”. The main event, which also featured
the talents of soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and the Tanglewood Festival
Chorus, paired Francis Poulenc’s Gloria
with Gustav Holst’s The Planets.
November 2010, the BCQ reprised their Ventfort recital in Edward M. Pickman
Concert Hall at the Longy School of Music, with two notable additions: Blaise Dejardin’s “Variations
on a New World” and Gioachino
Rossini’s overture from The
Barber of Seville.
in the cello section for the Concert for the Cure in Jordan Hall at the New
England Conservatory of Music on 5th December 2010. The concert, which was the
brainchild of flautist Julie Scolnik, raised funds for breast cancer
research. Sir Simon Rattle
conducted Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2”, Gustav Mahler’s
adagietto from “Symphony No. 5” and Mozart’s “Piano
Concerto in G, K. 453”, with Marc-Andre Hamelin at the keys.
February 2011, the Alianza String Quartet presented a program at the Flagler Museum that included “Italian
Serenade” by Wolf, “Langsamer Satz” by Anton Webern, “String
Quartet in E flat, Op. 33, No. 2” by Franz Joseph Haydn, and “String
Quartet in F” by Ravel.
Alexandre was pivotal in the encore, which featured the slow
movement of Mozart’s “String Quartet No. 21 in D, K. 575”.
He gave a
master class on 28th April 2011 at the Boston University College
of Fine Arts, where he teaches.
July 2011, the BCQ made a triumphal return to Ozawa Hall, this time with a
new program that comprised “Sheep May Safely Graze” and “Toccata
and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Clair
de Lune” by Claude Debussy, “Wolfgang Variations” by
Dejardin, “Humoreska in G, Op. 101, No. 7” by Antonin Dvorak, “The
Waltz of the Black Ants” by Tetsuro Hoshii, selections from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest
Mussorgsky, “Fratres” by Arvo Part, “The Flight of the
Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and “Iber-Amer, 3 Dances
from Latin America” by Patrice Sciortino.
They were the
opening act for Train at the Koussevitzky Music Shed in August 2011, where
they played some of their own arrangements of songs by the Grammy-winning pop-rock
one of several musicians to appear at West
on 25th September 2011, when they played the soundtrack, as it
were, from Vikram Seth’s novel, An
Equal Music. The music,
which plays a key role in his book, included “Liebeslied” by
Fritz Kreisler, “Quintet for Strings and Piano” (“The
Trout”) by Schubert, “String Quintet, Op.
29” by Beethoven, and “Two Pieces for Cello and Piano” by
October 2011, he and Sarita reunited for a duo concert as part of the
Hammond Performing Arts Series at Brimmer and May
School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
have heard Alexandre and the BCQ without even knowing it: They appear on Olivier Deriviere’s
soundtrack from Of Orcs and Men.