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IT'S NSO INSPIRING! Beethoven's Violin Concerto (Mar. 28-30)
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NSO In Your Neighborhood: H Street NE and Capitol Hill
Australian violinist Alexandra Osborne was appointed to the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach as the youngest member of the violin section in 2009. Prior to this, she performed as a regular substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra, including invitations for the 2006 Florida/Puerto Rico tour and its own chamber music series. She has also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philly Pops, the Delaware Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for two recent European Festivals tours, including performances at the Lucerne, Bonn and Grafenegg Festivals, and the BBC Proms.
Ms. Osborne has appeared as soloist with all of the major Australian orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonia, the SBS Radio & Television Orchestra, the University of Melbourne Symphony, and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. She made her U.S. solo debut in 2004 with The South Bend Symphony and last year was a featured soloist with the National Symphony at Wolf Trap led by Steven Reineke. In 2012, she performed the Dvo?ák Piano Quintet with Maestro Eschenbach on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage and recently appeared as Guest Concertmaster with the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand.
An active chamber musician, she has appeared at the Taos, Pan Pacific, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota and Colorado Music Festivals, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and has been feature in Symphony Magazine. Ms. Osborne is a laureate of the 2001 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and a gold medalist of the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, considered Australia's largest and most grueling instrumental competition. In 2009, she collaborated with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for Alice Tully Hall's highly acclaimed opening night concert and performed the Mendelssohn Octet at Lincoln Center with members of the New York Philharmonic. She has performed as Assistant Concertmaster at the Colorado Music Festival.
Hailing from Sydney and a non-musician family, Ms. Osborne graduated with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Her mentors include Pamela Frank, Aaron Rosand, Joseph Silverstein, Ronald Copes, Sylvia Rosenberg and the Guarneri String Quartet. She currently plays with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, frequently performs with The Last Stand Quartet, and is a teaching artist for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.