Alexandra Partridge - Cello
Born in Wellington, Alexandra Partridge holds a Masters of Musical Arts from the New Zealand School of Music. During her time there, she was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the Barbara Finlayson Trust Scholarship and the NZ School of Music Director’s Scholarship. After completing three years of study at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, Alexandra won a year-long contract with the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra in Japan. Alexandra has been an Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist, allowing her the opportunity to travel across Australia performing with leading international artists such as Pekka Kuusisto, Malin Broman and Meta4. Alexandra also successfully auditioned for the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy program and played under conductor Daniel Harding in Germany.
A devoted chamber musician, Alexandra toured with Chamber Music New Zealand in 2017 as part of piano quartet formed by Wilma Smith and was a finalist of both the 2014 ANAM Chamber Music Competition and the Great Romantics competition at the Melbourne Recital Centre with the Queensbridge Piano Trio.
From a young age, Alexandra has been passionate about orchestral playing and is a past principal cellist of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. She is also a casual player with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestraand New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Alexandra has participated in masterclasses with the Borodin String Quartet, the London Haydn Quartet, Torleif Théeden, Tim Hugh, Lynn Harrell and Clive Greensmith.