Alejandra is a most gifted and one of the most promising young cellists known to me.
An advanced, dynamic and arresting young performer, she has excellent intonation, strong rhythm and firm control of technique, and matters of style and interpretation
Alejandra is a cellist of great ability both technically and musically, she is a natural performer on stage, with a depth of musical understanding. A compelling musician to listen to
A real performance, great imagination, passionate and controlled.
Defined as a compelling musician and a natural performer on stage, Galician cellist Alejandra Díaz is a prize winner of the Carnegie Palmer Award of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and finalist of the Pau Casals International Grant Competition. Alejandra has performed with orchestras like the London Symphony Orchestra, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, London Metropolitan Sinfonia, Orpheus Sinfonia, Atlantic Coast Orchestra, Orquesta Amigos de la Ópera, Orquesta Sinfónica Vigo 430 and has been under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductors like Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, James Gaffigan, Paul Daniel, David Afkham, Stephen Barlow, Nikolaj Znaider, Jesús López Cobos, Juanjo Mena, Takuo Yuasa, Daniel Harding, Jaime Martin, Jordi Mora, Jakub Hrůša, Leif Segerstam, Manuel Hernández-Silva, Antoni Ros Marbá and Michail Jurowski, to mention some, and shared stage performing chamber music alongside artists of great reputation such as Nicolas Dautricourt, Alexander Gold, Roberto González, Claudio Martínez Menher, Felix Renggli, David Watkin, Gordan Nikolitch and Tim Hugh.
Alejandra has toured in England, Portugal, Italy, Spain and the United Arab Emirates, performing at the Emirates Palace Auditorium, the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre, the Amaryllis Concert Hall, the Milton Court Concert Hall, LSO St Luke´s, Palau de la Música Catalana, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Casa da Música in Porto, Palacio de Festivales in Cantabria, Auditorio Mar de Vigo, Teatro Jofre, Palacio de la Ópera de A Coruña or Círculo de las Artes de Lugo. Alejandra has also appeared at various International Music Festivals including the Abu Dabhi Classics Music Festival, the Pierre Boulez 90th Birthday Festival, the Brandenbourg Spring Choral Festival, the Bohemian Dreams Festival, Festival Cine Europa, Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca and Joaquin Turina International Chamber Music Festival.
Alejandra has appeared Live at the BBC Radio 3 programme "In tune" and has been principal cellist of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition in 2012. She also led and co-organised the series of recitals "Homage to Catalunya" with the Perseidas Ensemble, celebrating the anniversary of three of the most important Catalan composers of the 20th Century, broadcast at the Euro Classical Online Festival in 2013.
Alejandra was awarded the LSO String Experience Scheme in 2013 and was selected to take part in the prestigious Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander in 2014. In 2011 Alejandra formed as artistic director and principal cellist the Solo Artist Ensemble, giving her debut as soloist performing the Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto in G minor at the Livery Hall in London. Alejandra was selected for the LSO Strings Academy and the Wigmore Chamber Tots Series with the Quartz Piano Trio in 2010.
Past seasons highlights include the Dvorak Quintet for two violas with Nicolas Dautricourt at the Joaquin Turina International Music Festival "TURINA entre FESTIVALES" and the premiere of five new contemporary works commissioned by Museo de Belas Artes da Coruña. In 2013 Alejandra performed the Brahms sextet in G Major with Roberto González at the Barbican Hall, the magnificent Stabat Mater by Arvo Pärt under the baton of Eamonn Dougan as part of the Brandenbourg Spring Choral Festival and the Haydn D Major Cello Concerto at the Anglo-Spanish Society 5th Annual Concert in St Paul´s Knightsbridge.
Alejandra completed a Guildhall Artist Masters in Performance (AIS) under prof. Ursula Smith and Alexander Baillie in 2014 and a Bachelor Degree with Honours at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under prof. Oleg Kogan in 2011. Alejandra also obtained a Diploma in Advanced Orchestral Studies at the Escuela de Altos Estudios de Galicia under prof. Plamen Velev in 2007. During her time in London, Alejandra has also received formal training in baroque cello under Joseph Crouch, principal cellist of the Academy of Ancient Music.
Alejandra has performed in public masterclasses given by some of the foremost cellists including David Ethève, Lluís Claret, Angel Luis Quintana, Marçal Cervera, Reimund Korupp, Pieter Wispelwey, Oleg Kogan, Alexander Baillie, Antonio Lysy, Gary Hoffman, Tim Hugh, Johannes Goritzki, Rebecca Gilliver and Valentin Erben.
Her passion for chamber music brought Alejandra to collaborate widely with various formations as well as receiving artistic mentorship by the Belcea Quartet, the Florestan Trio, the Endellion Quartet and other artists like Alexander Gold, Caroline Palmer, Alasdair Tait, Richard and Robin Ireland, Krysia Osostowicz, Wolfgang Redik, Rachel Podger, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Rachel Roberts, Carole Presland, Gordon Back, Matthew Johns and Evan Rothstein, to mention some. During her time in London, Alejandra received Alexander Technique lessons by Selma Gokcen.
Her studies have been generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust, the Matthiesen Foundation, the Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Richard Carne Trust. Alejandra plays an Apostol Kaloferov made in Sofia in 1990.