After studying classical guitar, piano, jazz guitar and composition at Manchester’s Chetham’s School of Music, Alexandra Whittingham gained a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She recently graduated having been awarded first class honours and the Timothy Gilson Guitar Prize.
In the spring of 2013, Alexandra won the inaugural Edinburgh Guitar Competition. Following this, she travelled to Budapest to take part in the Carpathian International Youth Guitar Competition, where she gained second place. In early 2015 at the Gregynog Young Musicians’ Competition, Alexandra became Gregynog Young Guitarist of the year, and more recently was a finalist at the Aalborg International Guitar Competition in Denmark.
In 2016 Alexandra was delighted to be invited to perform at Abbey Road Studios alongside singer-songwriter Imelda May for EMI Music and Sound Foundation. She has also enjoyed giving recitals throughout Europe at such places as Festival Le Temps des Guitares in South-West France, Vilnius Town Hall in Lithuania and various venues in Italy and Germany.
Maintaining an active presence online, Alexandra has gained 100,000 subscribers on YouTube during the last four years, where videos of her performances of well-known classical guitar repertoire have surpassed 15 million views collectively.