MacCracken, Alexandra


Instruments Played

Current Performance Ensembles
Ensemble Gaudior

Personal Summary / Bio

Alexandra MacCracken has been specializing in early-music performance styles since 1986. As a baroque violinist she has performed regularly with the Washington Bach Consort, The Violins of Lafayette, and Modern Musick as well as other period-instrument ensembles in Richmond, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York. Before moving to the Washington area she was a section leader in the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra and taught at the University of Virginia, where she also played in the Piedmont Chamber Players, a faculty ensemble. Other highlights of her extensive experience as a chamber musician include membership in the Squareknot Quartet, whose repertoire ranged from the classics to innovative arrangements in popular, folk and jazz styles; and more recently in the baroque groups La Stravaganza and Harmonia Nova. The holder of both bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, she currently freelances on modern as well as baroque violin and in addition occasionally finds time to play Renaissance consort music on the treble viol. Since 1999, Alexandra has been the Artistic Director of Ensemble Gaudior, based in the Washington, DC area. This historic performance group is dedicated to presenting masterpieces of chamber music, from the baroque and classical eras. The music is performed on period insturments-including a 350-year-old violin by the famed Austrian maker Jacob Stainer. For more information including concert schedule and to listen to sound samples, visit



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