Alex Weill – Simply Three
Alex Weill began learning the violin at the age of three. From a young age, Alex has soloed and toured throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. She has been praised by the New York Times and The Connecticut Post has named her as a “wonder” for her “ease in fully bringing out a collection of emotions so naturally that they appear practically effortless.” She attended Juilliard Pre-college for nine years since the age of eight and studied under the guidance of Dr. Ann Setzer. She was a winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra Competition at age twelve and throughout her career at Juilliard she maintained positions as Concertmaster, Assistant Concertmaster, and Principal Second violinist of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestras.
At twelve, Alex was the youngest musician to be accepted to the Oberlin College Music Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy. That same year, she was selected as one of twenty-four young violinists from around the world to represent the US at The Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Boulogne Sur Mer, France. While at Juilliard, Alex also studied Conducting with Adam Glaser and Composition with Kenji Bunch. She studied the piano at The Neighborhood Music School with Michelle Zingale, as well as the steel pans with Deborah Teason.
In 2002, Alex premiered Teason’s concerto for steelband and orchestra, Trinity, with the Waterbury Symphony. Also that year, Alex was asked to solo with The Choate Rosemary Hall Orchestra on their concert tour throughout China. She performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 for solo violin, two recorders and orchestra. At 17, Alex went on to attend the Certificate Program at the Yale School of Music; a three year program in which a musician may pursue a Masters of Music degree directly out of high school. Alex studied under the guidance of Syoko Aki and was chosen as Sarah Chang’s alternate for the Yale Philharmonia Tour benefit concert in 2005.
Alex then traveled with the Yale Philharmonia to Seoul, Korea and again to Beijing, China, where she took part in the “Cultural Olympiad,” a series of performances presented by the Yale School of Music and the Central Conservatory of Beijing, preceding the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games. After graduating from Yale in 2008, Alex went on to study at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where she received her Bachelors of Science in English literature and creative writing, and studied violin under the guidance of Cornelia Heard. Alex won the Blair School of Music Competition her first year and soloed with Vanderbilt’s Blair Symphony. She went on to attend The Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Nicholas Mann and graduated with a Professional Studies degree in violin performance in 2012.
Alex is currently based in New York City and performs regularly at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Roseland Ballroom, Hammerstein Ballroom, Webster Hall, Terminal 5 and the New York Society for Ethical Culture. She is a member of ALKALI, a US-based string ensemble with diverse programming of original compositions, classical works, genre fusion, and improvisation. Alex has performed with artists such as Florence and The Machines, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Amanda Palmer and The Electric Light Orchestra, Frank Ocean, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Nas, and many others. She has opened for artists such as Ludacris, Sheryl Crow, and “Father of the Chicago Blues,” Buddy Guy.
She performs both on TV and radio, including NPR’s From the Top and The Faith Middleton Show, CNN, The Colbert Report, VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul andThe Jimmy Fallon Show. In October of 2012, Alex worked with Questlove in which she arranged and recorded the string arrangement for the track entitled “Twice Baked” on Robert Glasper’s newest album “Black Radio Recovered.” The track featured Robert Glasper, Questlove, and Solange Knowles. The original album “Black Radio” was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B album.
In addition, Alex maintains a private studio where she provides individual lessons for students ranging from first time players to advanced violinists. Alex teaches her students through a unique combination of the Suzuki Method and improvisational learning.
You can learn more about Alex and Simply Three at http://simplythreemusic.com/