Alexandra Scott

Double bassist


Born in Somerset, England, Alexandra Scott started to study the double bass at the age of 7. She spent her early years as one of the first bassists to be accepted into the Yehudi Menuhin School. She then continued her studies privately with Chi-chi Nwanoku. Later, whilst studying on a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, she became a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Mahler Youth Orchestra and the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra. In 2005, she completed her bachelor of music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with “First-Class Honors” under Rinat Ibragimov and in the same year she held the Making Music AYCA award.


Directly after finishing her degree Alexandra moved to Berlin where she held a scholarship from the Berlin Philharmonic Karajan Academy. Among her teachers at this time were Klaus Stoll, Janne Saksala and Esko Laine. At the age of 23 she was appointed as principal double bassist with the NRD Radio Philharmonic in Hannover.


Alexandra is a dedicated chamber musician and appears regularly at leading international festivals in collaboration with artists such as Sergio Azzolini, Jan Vogler, Julian Steckel, Valeriy Sokolov, The Doric String Quartet, Francois Leleux and Lisa Batiashvili. In 2006 she was invited to take part in the Kronberg Chamber Music Connects the World festival where she played with Gidon Kremer and Menahem Pressler. She often plays with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta and is a founding member of L’accademia giocosa; a chamber ensemble that specialises in authentic music on period instruments.


Since May of 2007, Alexandra holds the position of Sub-Principal Double Bass with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons. 


Scott is also a passionate teacher and alongside teaching privately and in the ‘Akademie’ of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, she also coaches the Bavarian Youth Orchestra and has given Master classes in Ukraine. Since October 2012 Alexandra Scott is Professor for Double Bass at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe.