Alexander Vavilov viola

Photo by Tatiana Daubek 

Originally from Ukraine, violist Alexander Vavilov has been active as solo, chamber and orchestra musician in the Boston area. In addition to making appearances in concert series in New England area, he performed orchestral and chamber music in venues such as Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall. Alexander had the honor of collaborating in a chamber music setting with such prominent artists as the Borromeo Quartet, James Buswell, Barbara Westphal, Ronald Leonard, Rhonda Rider and Lynn Chang. Alexander has been awarded a First Prize in the 2003 Massachusetts ASTA string players’ competition. He was also a finalist in a 2004 ASTA national competition as well as the 2007 Atlantic Symphony Orchestra concerto competition. Other achievements include Diplomas in the Ukrainian National Viola competition in Lviv and the New Names of Ukraine competition in Kiev. Alexander can be heard as a violist on the CD accompanying the popular ABC’s of Strings method by Janice Tucker Rhoda issued by Carl Fischer.


An enthusaistic chamber musician, Alexander was a winner of the Borromeo Guest Artist Award at the New England Conservatory in 2009, which included a Jordan Hall performance as a guest artist with the acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet. In the summer of 2006 he attended the prestigious Sarasota Music Festival where he competed for and won the opportunity to perform Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence" with distinguished faculty artists James Buswell, Barbara Westphal and Ronald Leonard. This performance was hailed by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune as a "performance of enormous energy and rich tone". 


Currently Alexander enjoys performing over 30 chamber music concerts per season as a co-founder and a violist of the Sheffield Chamber Players, a vibrant and innovative group devoted to bringing chamber music to its natural setting of an intimate space of a private home. He is also a member of Ensemble/Parallax, a cutting edge new music ensemble. 


Alexander performs regularly with such groups as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Portland Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestra experiences include Boston Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, Xanthos Ensemble, Marsh Chapel Collegium, Indian Hill Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, associate principal in Plymouth Symphony and principal at Worcester Collegium. He makes regular appearances at the various concert series in the New England area as a chamber and solo musician, as well as in a duo with his wife, pianist Olga Talroze. Festival and concert series appearances include Monadnock Music, Caspian Monday Music, Manchester Summer Chamber Music, Bach's Lunch, Longy Sound Fest and others.


In addition to Sarasota and Tanglewood Alexander’s summer festival experiences also include Meadowmount Summer School of Music, Bowdoin Summer Music Camp, Triple Helix chamber workshop and the Lydian String Quartet summer workshop. During the summers of 2008-2010 he served as a faculty at Point Counterpoint Music Camp. Currently Alexander is on faculty at Winchester Community Music School.


Alexander earned his Bachelors’ Degree magna cum laude and Masters’ Degree from the Boston Conservatory where he studied with former BSO associate principal Patricia McCarty. He received his Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory where he was a student of renowned viola soloist Kim Kashkashian. 


Currently Alexander is peforming on a majestic 2012 Thomas Bertrand viola and a bow by H.R. Pfretzchner.