Alexa Still teaches at Oberlin Conservatory. She got her doctorate in New York (SUNYSB), won competitions including the New York Flute Club Competition and East-West Art Award Competition, and then returned home as principal flute of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the age of 23. Other awards include a Churchill Fellowship and a Fulbright Award.
She eventually left the NZSO to devote more time to solo engagements and teaching, based first at the University of Colorado at Boulder, then at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she was also Director of Performance Research, and since 2011, at the Oberlin Conservatory. Regular summer engagements include the Aria International Academy and Interlochen Summer Arts Camp as a Valade Fellow. Recent concerto engagements include John Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy with the Albany Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Colorado Music Festival and the American premiere of Matthew Hindson’s House Music Flute Concerto and Elliott Carter’s Flute Concerto at National Flute Association conventions.
Alexa Still has performed and taught in England, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Brazil, Canada, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, and of course across the United States. Alexa’s many recordings on the Koch International Classics label have garnered unanimous praise: “impeccable in technique and taste, seductive in phrasing” (Stevenson Classical CD Guide); “Still plays... so convincingly I cannot separate her from the music” (American Record Guide); “whatever she plays sounds musical in every turn of the phrase” (Gramophone); “a stunning showcase for the astonishing Alexa Still” (Fanfare). New releases include a CD of recital music by Venezuelan composer Efrain Amaya on Oberlin’s own label.
Alexa has also served as the elected President of the National Flute Association (USA), and regularly writes for flute journals across the globe. Her flute was made by Brannen Brothers with gold or wooden headjoints by Sanford Drelinger. When her flute is in its case, Alexa is an avid motorcyclist, and she shares a daughter and two dogs with her husband. You can read much more about Alexa on her website: www.alexastill.com