ProfileAlexandra Whittingham

Alexandra studied classical guitar at Chetham’s School of Music before gaining a place at the Royal Academy of Music. Winner of the inaugural Edinburgh Guitar Competition in 2013 she also came second in the Carpathian International Youth Guitar Competition in Budapest.

Having picked up the guitar when she was just five years old, Alexandra's father taught her the basics of the instrument before she went on to begin private lessons. After studying classical guitar, piano, jazz guitar and composition at the world renowned Chetham's School of Music for seven years, nineteen-year-old Alexandra Whittingham now studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

During her time at Chetham's, Alexandra had many opportunities to play with various ensembles, such as a string quartet, guitar duets and jazz groups, which resulted in her becoming a member of Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra. With the orchestra came the opportunity to tour Germany and Czech Republic, where they sold out various venues within the two countries.

In her final year at the school, she also gained her LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) second diploma in guitar performance.

In the spring of 2013, Alexandra won the inaugural Edinburgh Guitar Competition. Following this, she travelled to Budapest to take part in the Carpathian International Youth Guitar Competition, where she gained second place. More recently in early 2015 at the Gregynog Young Musicians' Competition, Alexandra became Gregynog Young Guitarist of the year after her performance of Leo Brouwer's Sonata and Sevilla by Isaac Albeniz.

More recently in 2016, Alexandra was invited to perform at Abbey Road Studios alongside singer-songwriter Imelda May for EMI Music and Sound Foundation. She has also enjoyed giving recitals in Europe at such places as Festival Le Temps des Guitares in South-West France, Vilnius Town Hall in Lithuania and the Acoustic Guitar Village in Cremona, Italy.

Other venues in which Alexandra has played include opening the European Guitar Teachers' Association Conference at York's Queen Margaret's School, The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, The Yehudi Menuhin School and West Dene International Guitar Festival (as part of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble) and the British Embassy in Paris, where she performed to an invited audience of diplomats in February, 2015. Later that year, she was also invited to perform Castelnuovo Tedesco's Concerto No.1 with the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra.

A new guitar programme shown on Sky Arts in 2016, highlighting all four genres (classical, jazz, acoustic and rock), featured Alexandra performing her way to the classical final of the competition, which gave her the opportunity to play in Milton Court Concert Hall at the Barbican, London. During the competition, Alexandra worked with Miloš Karadaglić, who, in recent years, has taken the classical guitar world by storm.

Alexandra is delighted to be endorsed by Aquila Strings, highly recommending their Perla range. She also plays a 2011 Christopher Dean guitar, sourced by Miles Roberts at Kent Guitar Classics.

For more information see Alexandra's web site http://www.alexandrawhittingham.com/
 

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