Alexandra Standing

Pianist | Accompanist

Biography

Alexandra is a versatile pianist specialising in chamber music and accompaniment.

An enthusiastic and versatile musician, Alex is an active award-winning accompanist and chamber musician.  Currently Alex is based in London and is studying an MA in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was recently awarded the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song accompaniment prize. Alex studies full-time with James Baillieu and Christopher Glynn, and benefits from regular coachings from Iain Ledingham and Richard Stokes.

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Alexandra’s piano playing was sensitive when accompanying Helen, and she came to the fore when tackling Chopin’s Barcarolle. One could almost feel the sway of the Gondolier’s craft as she worked her way through this beautiful piece. Alex’s rendition of Erwin Schulhoff’s Chanson from 5 Etudes de Jazz showcased her versatility.

Marc Lodge, Lamberhurst Music Festival 2018

What Alex does…

Alex enjoys making music in a variety of settings, with particular focus on recital work with vocal repertoire and chamber music. Alongside her studies at the Academy, Alex was engaged as assistant repetiteur for Hampstead Garden Opera’s production of Handel’s Partenope. She also has an interest in choral accompaniment and is the official accompanist for Camden Youth Choirs. Previously Alex has also worked for the Association of British Choral Directors and Les Sirenes Female Choir.  Radio 3 have broadcast multiple performances that Alex has played in, including new compositions by modern composers.

Other professional work in Scotland included working for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus and Junior Chorus (RSNO) and regularly playing for the RCS Juniors and for auditions at the RCS. She was an accompanist for Les Sirenes Female Choir (previous winners of BBC Choir of the Year) and for Glasgow Lieder and Art Song Club.

Alex has won various awards and prizes for duo work, including the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song award at the Royal Academy of Music.  She was very highly commended in the accompaniment prize for English Song and also highly commended in the Eva Gerhardt Accompanist Prize and the Flora Nielsen Accompanist Prize (both at RAM), as well as highly commended for the Louis Carus prize at the RCS. Upcoming plans for 2020 include working as staff pianist for ‘The Complete Singer’ (a residential course with Susan Bullock and Richard Berkeley-Steele), plus being a Leeds Lieder Young Artist with mezzo Bernadette Johns.

Alongside many public recitals and performances, Alex is passionate about teaching and works for Fireworks Music School.

TESTIMONIALS

“Thank you for playing at our wedding – the music played by you was EXACTLY how I hoped it would sound.  Many people said how wonderful it was to hear you play so beautifully.  Once again, thank you for helping Lydia and I have the most amazing day.”

Stephen Ball (2017)

‘Alex is thoughtful and detailed in all her playing, and her own personality consistently shines through; she is innately driven and a pleasure to work with.’

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Alex is a very gifted young woman with an intense musicality and a well-grounded technical control of the piano.

Victor Sangiorgio (pianist)

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Schedule

DATES TBC due to COVID-19

 

 

 

Performing in the final of the Richard Lewis competition at the Royal Academy of Music

 

 

7:00pm, David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Graduate recital at RAM

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Teaching

As well as performing, Alex is available to give private lessons and coachings, please get in touch to find out her rates.

If you are looking to improve your piano skills, Alex is happy to take on students either to sit exams or to just improve their skills! Alex is also experienced in working with singers and is happy to give hourly coaching sessions.

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