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Photo by Eliya Nikki Cohen
Photo by Eliya Nikki Cohen

Alexina Hawkins is an Australian violist living in Berlin. She leads an active freelance life, performing as assistant principal violist of the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, as well as a guest in other chamber orchestras, including the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Streicherakademie Bozen and Geneva Camerata.

In 2015, Alexina was awarded a Fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music where she was mentored by Genevieve Lacey, and directed 3 concerts, premiering new music featuring the viola in collaboration with fantastic young composers, in addition to existing works from a range of eras (for more information, see 2015 ANAM Fellowship).

In 2012 Alexina co-founded flute, viola and harp trio Petrichor with Rowan Hamwood and Jessica Fotinos. As winner of the John and Rosemary Macleod Travelling Scholarship, Petrichor spent 2014 studying and performing in Berlin, Germany, La Rochelle, France, and Banff, Canada. Prior to this, the trio was Ensemble In Residence for Melbourne’s Forest Collective and performed extensively in Melbourne including premiering music written for the ensemble.

Alexina gained a Bachelor’s degree at the School of Music, Australian National University (2008-11), and held a scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) between 2012-13. During her studies, she was awarded prizes and scholarships recognising solo and chamber music performance. These included the Erika Haas Award, Kate Buchdahl Prize, Canberra Symphony Orchestra scholarship and first prize in the Friends’ Chamber Music Competition (ANU), the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship, the prize for Best Program in a Solo Recital and the John and Rosemary Macleod Travelling Scholarship (with Petrichor) at ANAM. She has also been the grateful recipient of grants from the Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund, the Williamson Foundation for Music and the Australia Council (Artstart).

Festival appearances (in solo/chamber/chamber orchestra mediums) include Bang On A Can Summer Festival (USA), Huntington Estate Music Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (Australia), Musikfest Goslar, Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Festival Opera Barga (Italy) and NOMUS Festival (Serbia).

Alexina has studied viola under the guidance of William Coleman, Tor Fromyhr, Caroline Henbest and Chris Moore, and has been inspired and mentored by numerous other musicians. Her love of classical music is fuelled by exploration outside this field, and she invites improvisation and collaboration between musical styles and artistic disciplines. Since moving to Berlin, she has formed duo Clair-Obscur with fellow violist Ooi, and collaborated with French singer/songwriter Lione, with whom she released the single 1000 Windows in June 2016.

Exciting upcoming performances include tours to Serbia with Avi Avital and Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, and to South America with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Trevor Pinnock and Emmanuel Pahud; the curation of a concert at Museum Fluxus+ in Potsdam in July, as well as a return to Australia for quartet performances in Bangalow Festival and the 2017 edition of the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.

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Die Bratschistin Alexina Hawkins stammt aus Australien, wo sie in Canberra und Melbourne mit Tor Fromyhr, Caroline Henbest und Chris Moore studierte (Canberra School of Music & Australian National Academy of Music). 2015 kam sie nach Berlin um bei William Coleman (Kuss Quartet) ihr Studium abzuschließen.

Seit der Saison 2016/17 ist Alexina Hawkins Mitglied im Deutschen Kammerorchester Berlin. Neben ihrem Arbeit bei dem DKO ist sie freischaffend bei verschiedenen Kammerorchestern tätig wie der Kammerakademie Potsdam, Geneva Camerata, Streicherakademie Bozen u.a. und spielt bei Festivals in Deutschland, der Schweiz und Italien.

Als Mitglied der Australian National Academy of Music 2015, kuratierte und produzierte sie drei einzigartige Konzerte, bei denen einige Weltpremieren für Bratsche aufgeführt wurden. Sie folgte Einladungen zu zahlreichen Festivals für Neue Musik, wie dem Bang On A Can Summerfestival in den USA und dem Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music in Australien.

Alexina wird unterstützt von der Williamson Foundation for Music, Australia Council (Artstart), Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund und ist zudem Preisträgerin des Erika Haas Prize, Kate Buchdahl Prize, Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship und Mcleod Travelling Fund.

Ihre Liebe zur Klassischen Musik wird bereichert durch Erfahrungen jenseits der traditionellen Genregrenzen, sie arbeitet gerne mit Improvisationen und Kollaborationen zwischen verschiednenen Musikstilen und künstlerischen Disziplinen.

Translation: Jessy Meiser & Julia Böhmer

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