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Sunday, March 18, 2018
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Alexander Kerr

Alex Kerr, violin

Alexander Kerr’s expressive and charismatic style has made him one of the most accomplished and versatile violinists on the international music scene today. In 1996 at the age of 26, Mr. Kerr was appointed to the prestigious position of Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Today, he balances his orchestral career with solo and chamber engagements throughout Europe and North America.

Regarded by the press as a masterful virtuoso with an elegant, old-world sound, Mr. Kerr has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, working with such renowned conductors as Frans Brueggen, Riccardo Chailly, Alan Gilbert, Philippe Herreweghe, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Peter Oundjian, and David Zinman. This season Mr. Kerr will perform the Amsterdam premiere of Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Alan Gilbert.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Kerr has collaborated with artists Martha Argerich, Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Sarah Chang, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Edgar Meyer, Truls Mørk, Vadim Repin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Maxim Vengerov in performances at the Aspen Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Caramoor Music Festival in New York, the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway, and throughout Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. Mr. Kerr is on the faculties of the Utrecht School of the Arts, the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, and the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado. He has given masterclasses in the Manhattan School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and at the University of Illinois School of Music in Champaign-Urbana.

EDUCATION: Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Kerr began his studies at age seven with members of the National Symphony Orchestra. He went on to study with Sally Thomas at the Juilliard School, and with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1992.

RECORDINGS: Mr. Kerr’s recent CD releases include the Dvorak Piano Quintet with Sarah Chang and Leif Ove Andsnes on the EMI label, music by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen on the NM Classics label, and the Shostakovich Romance on the disc “Violin Adagios”with Decca.

CRITICS’ BUZZ: “In Barber’s Violin Concerto, Kerr presented brilliant playing with a rich suppleness and natural flexibility. It was commanding and expressive.” Noordhollands Dagblad, 6/03

“(Kerr) responded with elegant playing, pinpoint intonation and fine attention to the long Mozartean line.”, 8/02

“Kerr displayed the perfect mix of bounce and bite…This is a virtuoso score, and it is to Kerr’s credit that he played it with such aplomb.” Greensboro News & Record, 1/01

“Kerr…showed his virtuosic mastery over [the work’s] intricacies as well as expressive mastery of the composer’s overt melancholia.” Indianapolis Nuvo Newsweekly, 1/01

“Kerr is a warm-blooded and ardent singer on his instrument…” Amsterdam NRC 9/00

“The complicated technical music presented no obstacles for Kerr and he created a wonderful atmosphere…” Amsterdam Trouw, 9/00

“The Andante contains some of Shostakovich’s most appealingly romantic writing with a meltingly beautiful violin solo played by Alexander Kerr.” Classical CD Reviews, 2/99

“Alexander Kerr’s solo was a feast for the ears...” Noordhollands Dagblad, 2/99

“Kerr played the beautiful nuances exceptionally…accelerandos, ritenutos, and superbly clear high notes.” Amsterdam Volkskrant, 11/98

“Kerr plays with the kind of silvery sound that characterized the great virtuosos of 50 years ago.” The Washington Post, 3/97

“…Kerr’s lightning quick tempo of the finale left his colleagues in the dust. It was technically flawless, brilliant and always musical.” The Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/97