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Royal Northern Sinfonia - Alexandra Raikhlina

Sub-Principal, 1st Violin


Alexandra Raikhlina was born in Moscow in 1983 and moved to Belgium in 1990.

At the age of 13 she was Laureate of the ‘Charles de Beriot’ competition in Belgium before being awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natalia Boyarsky.

Later she received a full scholarship to do her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno and Krzsisztof Smietana.

Alexandra has performed extensively as a soloist and a chamber musician in Belgium, England, Switzerland, Russia, Greece and Hong Kong. She has appeared as a soloist and a chamber musician in Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls and Sage Gateshead. Alexandra has won awards from the Craxton Foundation, the Martin Scholarship Foundation and was awarded the LSO String Scheme Experience.

She was a prize winner at the Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts festival and a finalist and special prize winner (for best performance of a sonata) at the International Koningin Sophie Charlotte competition. Alexandra has appeared as a soloist with the LSO, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Epsom Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Alexandra’s first BBC Proms appearance was part of the ‘Composers Portrait’ programme broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Other radio appearances have included a performance with her quartet (The Hadrian Ensemble) on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival.

Alexandra has participated in prestigious festivals including the Gstaad and Paxos chamber music festivals, and in 2010 she performed at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle for the Holocaust Memorial Day.

Alexandra has attended masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovich, Dora Swarzberg, Boris Garlitsky, Matis Vaitsner, Lewis Caplan, Charles Castleman and Jaqueline Ross.

Alexandra joined Royal Northern Sinfonia in March 2009.