The Alexander-Soares Duo, comprised of James Alexander on violin and Luciana Soares on piano, was founded in 2005 and is currently in residence at Nicholls State University. The duo has performed in several venues including the Sala Cecília Meireles, the Theatro José de Alencar, the Conservatório Pernambucano de Musica, and the Cine Banguê in Brazil; the University of Akron and the Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio; and throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. In 2007, the duo performed and taught master classes at the II Chamber Music Festival Centro Sul e Vale do Salgado in the Brazilian state of Ceará.
Violinist James Alexander is a former principal of the Southwest German and St. Gallen Switzerland Symphony Orchestras. He has performed as a soloist and given master classes throughout Europe, Brazil, and the U.S. For the past 10 years, he has taught violin at Louisiana State University as an artist in residence and is now starting and leading the new string program at Nicholls State University.
Pianist Luciana Soares has received many awards in national competitions in her native Brazil and appears frequently as both soloist and collaborative pianist at concert halls throughout Brazil and the U.S. Her solo recording "Brasileira: Piano Music by Brazilian Women" has been released on the Centaur Records Label. She currently serves as assistant professor of piano at Nicholls State University.
The duo will soon release a debut recording on Centaur Records, featuring five sonatas for violin and piano by Brazilian composer Liduino Pitombeira.