Born into a family of musicians, Colin Alexander began playing the ‘cello at a very early age. He later studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, achieving his BMus in both ‘cello, with Oleg Kogan, and composition, with Richard Baker. Since leaving the Guildhall, Colin has completed a Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music, with Jonathan Cole, on a full scholarship whilst establishing himself as a freelance ‘cellist.
Having recently finished commissions for Mark Simpson, the Mercury Quartet and Tre Voci, Colin has also written pieces for the London Contemporary Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marryat Players String Orchestra whilst also transcribing music for Montserrat Caballé's final concert and arranging music for the English Chamber Orchestra.
Notable appearances as a ‘cellist have included Brahms’ Double Concerto at St James’ Piccadilly, Debussy's Cello Sonata at King's Place, various projects with the Mercury Quartet and a number of chamber music concerts with Tre Voci and the Pythagoras Ensemble. Orchestral performances in 2014 have seen Colin appear with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (including ‘cello no.4 in Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras for eight ‘cellos and soprano), the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He regularly records for advertisements and television and has appeared on BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC Radio 3, ITV, Channel Four and Resonance FM. Colin has also worked as principle ‘cello for the London Telefilmonic Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of India. Chamber music collaborations have included performances with musicians such as David Campbell, Alexander Baillie, Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Michael Cox. In 2013 Colin also recorded and part-improvised the solo ‘cello part in the music for the highly acclaimed Indian film ‘Ship of Theseus’.
Colin is also heavily involved with the re:sound collective - a self-sufficient group of London-based aural and visual artists. As a curator, Colin has commissioned, programmed and performed many new works whilst writing and providing his own music for events. The musicians that have appeared at these concerts have ranged from Michael Cox to Micachu and to members of the South Bank Gamelan Ensemble at venues such as an abandoned museum, a World War Two bunker and a derelict church.