Australian violinist Alexandra Osborne enjoys an exciting and versatile career as an orchestral and chamber musician, solo artist, and educator. She was appointed to The National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach as the youngest member of the violin section in 2009, and most recently was the Acting Assistant Concertmaster. Prior to this, she performed regularly with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the New York Philharmonic.
A chamber music lover, Ms. Osborne has appeared at the Taos, Pan Pacific, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, Colorado and Bravo! Big Sky Music Festivals, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Fortas Chamber Music Series and was a featured artist in Symphony Magazine. She has been Principal Violinist of the 21st Century Consort (contemporary ensemble in residence at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC), Chiarina Chamber Players, and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Osborne is a top laureate of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, winner of the Gisborne International Music Competition, and a gold medalist of the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award. Ms. Osborne collaborated with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for Alice Tully Hall’s highly acclaimed opening night concert and performed the Mendelssohn Octet at Lincoln Center with members of the New York Philharmonic.
With a keen interest in fostering young talent, she has been a teaching artist for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the NSO’s Youth Fellowship and Summer Music Institute programs, the DC Youth Orchestra, and the Hawaii Youth Symphony, whilst maintaining a private teaching studio.
Recent highlights include her debut album of world premiere Nico Muhly and Philip Glass works out now on ABC Classic, tours across Australia and the USA with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, founding board member and violinist of Jackson Hole Chamber Music, guest directing The Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, a recording project/residency at UKARIA Cultural Centre, a concert on the “King Louis XIV” Amati at the Smithsonian American History Museum, touring with The Omega Ensemble, Guest Concertmaster with the Auckland Philharmonia, concerts with the Australian World Orchestra and the Australian Piano Quartet, the Dvorak Piano Quintet with Maestro Eschenbach, the Fortas Chamber Music Series, and concerts at the Lucerne, Bonn, Grafenegg and Rostropovich Festivals, and the BBC Proms.
A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School and after 20 years in the USA, Ms. Osborne is delighted to be back in Australia performing and teaching.