Alexandra - profile

Alexandra Preucil

1st violin

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When and Where was your first concert with MCO?
Lucerne 2018. I had just moved to Europe and was so excited when I got invited to play on this tour of Beethoven and Schumann with Daniele Gatti. 

What is the best thing about playing with the MCO?
The feeling of being connected to every musician on stage. With MCO, everyone is so aware of each other which brings a level of musical flexibility and inspiration to every performance that is really exciting. 

What do you need to feel at home whilst on tour?
MCO is special because it feels like one big family, so no matter where we are or what we are playing  – it always feels like home! 

What do you do before a performance? 
Eat chocolate. It’s probably just an excuse … but I really feel like it helps me play my best!

What would you do if you weren’t a musician?
I have trained in ballet for many years and I love how it is a way to express music without the instrument in my hands but still through my body. It’s definitely too late for a career now, but I still love taking classes in my free time. 

BIOGRAPHY

Alexandra Preucil was born in Atlanta, Georgia and began the violin at the age of three with her Grandmother, Doris Preucil. She continued her studies with her father, William Preucil, at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Former Assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, Alexandra currently lives in Vienna, Austria, leading and collaborating with ensembles around the world. Recent season’s concert highlights have included performances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Haydn Philharmonie, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Festival appearances include the Britt Festival Orchestra, Sun Valley Music Festival, Mainly Mozart, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Festival de Febrero, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Festival der Zukunft, and Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.

Dedicated to music education and community engagement, Alexandra Preucil has created and performed programs for all ages. In addition to teaching and giving masterclasses, she is Artistic Advisor and Mentor to the Britt Festival Fellowship Program. 

Alexandra graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music performance and a minor in dance. While in school, she held the position of Assistant Concertmaster with both the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras. As a member of the award-winning Svanito Quartet, Ms. Preucil studied with members of the Cleveland Quartet, Takács Quartet, and Cavani Quartet while performing across the United States.

Alexandra Preucil plays on a 1744 Sanctus Serafin violin.