Performer, educator, arts leader, and ensemble director, classical music has always been at the center of my life. I started violin lessons at age five, and several years later was accepted for pre-college studies at The Juilliard School. As a student of Shirley Givens, I was a prize-winner in two of Juilliard’s annual competitions, and appeared as soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, most notably at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. At age sixteen, I had the incredible honor of performing for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome.
Pursuing my undergraduate studies at Princeton University, I won the concerto competition and performed as soloist with Princeton’s orchestra during my freshman year. I presented frequent solo recitals and studied chamber music with the renowned Brentano String Quartet.
Having worked with incredible mentors, I graduated with a desire to inspire the next generation of young artists, while continuing to further my professional growth as a musician. I was accepted for graduate work in violin performance and pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory, and subsequently moved to Manhattan where I completed a masters degree in performing arts administration. After working in education and development for the New York Philharmonic and New York City Opera, I established a string orchestra for advanced pre-college musicians in Manhattan. This youth ensemble performed at the United Nations, the Taipei Cultural Center, and other prominent venues, also presenting a series of concerts at a youth festival in Madrid, Spain.
As the Greek philosopher, Plato, expressed, “music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything”. Alexis Walls Music shares a glimpse into the infinite treasure that music has to offer.
A Favorite Piece
In 1894, the renowned Norwegian violinist Johan Halvorsen, arranged a piece of music that I’ve enjoyed playing throughout the years. His arrangement is based on a harpsichord suite written by George Frideric Handel in 1720. Halvorsen’s piece is arranged for violin and viola, which allowed him to explore a wide range of virtuosic and expressive techniques unique to string instruments. I hope you enjoy Handel-Halvorsen's "Passacaglia" as much as I do.