Alex Kerr


Alexander Kerr’s expressive and charismatic style has made him one of the most accomplished and versatile violinists on the international music scene today. In 1996 at the age of 26, Mr. Kerr was appointed to the prestigious position of Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After nine successful years at that post, he left in June, 2006 to assume the endowed Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music as Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in Bloomington, he maintains a busy concert schedule appearing with orchestras and in recital and chamber music performances throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2008 he began his tenure as Principal Guest Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and in September 2011, he assumed his role as Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Regarded by the press as a masterful virtuoso with an elegant, old-world sound, Mr. Kerr has appeared as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, working with such renowned conductors as Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Chailly, Peter Oundjian, Robert Spano, Alan Gilbert, Jaap van Zweden and David Zinman.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Kerr has collaborated with Martha Argerich, Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Edgar Meyer, Truls Mørk, Menahem Pressler, Vadim Repin, Alisa Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian and Maxim Vengerov in performances at festivals in Aspen, Santa Fe, Caramoor, La Jolla, Stavanger, and throughout Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. He has recently launched a collaboration with cellist Eric Kim and the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation, showcasing the enormous wealth of talent at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The “Starling Chamber Players,” a mixture of faculty and students will tour chamber music venues throughout the nation.

Mr. Kerr’s CD releases include the Dvorak Piano Quintet with Sarah Chang and Leif Ove Andsnes on the EMI label, music by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen on the NM Classics label, and the Shostakovich Romance on a series of discs including “Violin Adagios” and “Evening Adagios” released by Decca. A live DVD and CD recording of Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben with Mr. Kerr, the RCO and Maestro Mariss Jansons was released in 2005 on the RCO’s own label: RCOLive!

Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Kerr began his studies at age seven with members of the National Symphony Orchestra. He went on to study with Sally Thomas at the Juilliard School, and with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1992.



June 17, 2016

10:00 AM

Master Class: Chamber Music with Sarah Kwak, Arnaldo Cohen and Nancy Ives

June 17, 2016

5:00 PM

Recital: Bach D minor Concerto (Busoni version) and Liszt Malediction

June 18, 2016

11:30 AM

Recital: Arnaldo Cohen & Friends

Members of our “Festival String Quartet” perform short solos accompanied by Arnaldo Cohen. After a solo piece by Arnaldo, the group performs the first movement of the Brahms Piano Quintet, Op. 34. 

Charles Noble(viola)   Liszt: Romance Oubliée

Sarah Kwak (violin)   Sarasate: Introduction and Tarantelle

Nancy Ives (cello)   Chopin: Polonaise Brilliante

Alex Kerr (violin)   Brahms: Sonatensatz

Arnaldo Cohen (piano)  Strauss-Grünfeld: Soirée de Vienne, Op. 56 (Paraphrase on "Die Fledermaus")

Kerr/Kwak/Noble/Ives/Cohen   Brahms: Piano Quintet Op. 34 (1st movement)

June 19, 2016

8:00 PM

Recital: Chopin Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise, Chopin Concerto No. 1

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