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Composer Alexandra Gardner creates music and sonic art with a clear, expressive sound and a flair for the imaginative and unexpected.

Many contemporary composers are interested in combining acoustic instruments with digital sounds, but few achieve the particular alchemy of craft, whimsy, and sensual appeal that the Baltimore-based composer Gardner consistently produces.

— The New Yorker

listen / watch

Flutist Megan Shanley Alger plays Fade.

Foreign Exchange by animator Corrie Francis Parks features Tourmaline.

Musicians of the Seattle Symphony perform the opening movement of Alexandra’s string quartet Coyote Turns in the Octave 9 performance space.

upcoming events

October 1, 2022 — 5:00 p.m. EST (4:00 p.m. pre-concert discussion)
The Way of Ideas — flute, clarinet, violin, cello
21st Century Consort
Hirshhorn Museum
Washington, DC

October 14, 2022 — 7:00 p.m. EST
Sanctuary of Joy — violin and organ (movements 2 and 4)
Laura Colgate, violin; Joy-Leilani Garbutt, organ
American Guild of Organists, DC Chapter
5 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC

coaching / lessons / workshops

Alexandra works with composers from 13 to 113 and emerging to elite to jump-start their creative practices and navigate the fast-changing musical world with joy and ease.