Alexina Hawkins is an Australian violist currently based in Berlin. She studied at the Australian National University (2008–11), and the Australian National Academy of Music between 2012 and 2013. At these institutions she was awarded prizes and scholarships recognising solo and chamber music performance, including the Erika Haas Award, Kate Buchdahl Prize and first prize in the Friends’ Chamber Music Competition (ANU), the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship and Best Program in a Solo Recital. Alexina currently studies with William Coleman (Kuss Quartet), and previously with Tor Fromyhr, Caroline Henbest and Chris Moore.
Alexina is pursuing a diverse career exploring the viola’s unique expressive voice in a variety of settings. She has performed frequently in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, appeared in the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, as part of the Meander Project, and at festivals, including Huntington Estate Music Festival, Canberra International Music Festival and Bang On A Can Summer Festival (US).
Her love of classical music is fuelled by exploration outside this field and she invites improvisation and collaboration between musical styles and artistic disciplines. In 2012 Alexina co-founded the flute, viola and harp trio, Petrichor, which was awarded the John and Rosemary Macleod Travelling Scholarship from ANAM, and spent 2014 studying and performing in Berlin, La Rochelle and L'Aigle (France) Toronto and Banff (Canada).
During 2015, Alexina is a Fellow at ANAM and will direct three concerts in August and September, premiering four pieces featuring the viola, in addition to existing works from a range of eras.