Alexandra Roedder, cello
Alexandra Roedder began cello at the age of seven with Nina Flyer, and continued her early studies with Irene Sharp, Bonnie Hampton and, at UC Berkeley, with Leighton Fong. She began baroque cello studies at Berkeley with Elisabeth Reed, and obtained her performance degree from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague under the tutelage of Lucia Swarts and Jaap ter Linden. She has studied and worked with some of early music’s finest musicians, including Anner Bylsma, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Barthold Kuijken, and Jeffrey Thomas, among many others, and has performed in venues across Europe and America. Upon returning to the States following her tenure in Europe, she obtained a Master’s in Cello Performance from UCLA, studying under Antonio Lysy, as well as a PhD in Musicology. In recent years, she has performed with such fine California ensembles as Musica Angelica, Sacramento Baroque Soloists, and the American Bach Soloists Festival Orchestra. She and her husband run the fledgling Sierra Nevada Historical Performance, an organization dedicated to bringing “real old-timey music”—particularly music of the 17th and 18th centuries—back to the small, local venues like those in which it would have originally been heard: churches, homes, and small halls. She is a founding member of the local baroque group La Muse Amusée, and is principal cellist of both the Auburn and Folsom Symphonies. She plays on a 1743 5-string cello by Andrea Castagnieri.