Alexandra von der Embse

Oboist Alexandra von der Embse’s passion for chamber music and presenting classical music to new audiences has directed her career. In 2011, she founded Ensemble39, a chamber group based on the Prokofiev quintet that has performed throughout Philadelphia, New York, Savannah, GA, Washington, DC, Dresden, Germany, and Frutillar, Chile in non-traditional spaces. In September, they opened Fringe Festival’s 2014-2015 season, collaborating with choreographers from around the world, composers from the Curtis Institute of Music, and dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet to elevate the ensemble beyond mere accompaniment. In January, the group traveled to Chile where they played and coached at the Orquesta Academia Internacional Teatro del Lago.

In 2014, she became one of the inaugural fellows for Curtis Institute of Music’s ArtistYear. In addition to performing around Philadelphia with the BOK trio, she visits 4th graders at South Philadelphia’s Taggart Elementary to teach them music composition with non-traditional notation.

A champion of works by living composers, she has worked with George Crumb, Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, David Ludwig, Steve Mackey, and many of her peers, who are quickly establishing themselves as the next generation of great composers. She has performed in twelve countries worldwide in Central America, Asia, and Europe. Alexandra graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012, where she studied with Richard Woodhams, and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 2008, where she studied with Alex Klein, Robert Walters, James Caldwell, and Laura Griffiths. She has also studied extensively with Ariana Ghez and James Moore.

When she isn’t playing the oboe or making reeds, Alexandra loves to ride a pony named Speckles in Monroeville, NJ and explore the great theater scene in Philadelphia and New York City.