LACERDA QUARTET

Alexander  Stewart
Alexander Stewart
violin I

Born in London in 1964, Alexander Stewart began his studies at the age of six with his father, Walter Stewart, and in Portugal with Maxim Jacobsen and Vasco Barbosa. He was granted a scholarship at King’s School, Canterbury, studying with Clarence Myerscough and Felix Andriewsky. During this period he was awarded the Double Top Music Scholarship (1977-82), two first and second prizes in the King’s School contests, the Old King’s School Music Prize (1981) and the Ryley Music Prize (1982).
In 1982, he became Eric Gruenberg’s pupil at the Guildhall School of Music, where he graduated as a violin performer and teacher. He was then awarded a scholarship by the Polish Government to study at the Szymanowsky Music Academy, where he worked with Aureli Blasczok, Stanislaw Lewandowsky and Tadeusz Wronski.
He has given various concerts and recitals in England, Poland and Portugal, and has recorded both for radio and television. Of particular interest are his interpretations of the Mozart G maj, Bruch and Sibelius Violin Concerti with the Southend Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a live broadcast of Saint-Saëns Havanaise for violin and orchestra with Silva Pereira and the former Orquestra da Radiodifusão Portuguesa. More recently Alexander Stewart participated as soloist in a cycle of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti, as well as performing the Bach Violin Concert for two violins with Nicholas Chumachenko. In May 2004 Alexander was invited by the National Ballet Company in Lisbon to perform Stravinsky´s” Duo Concertante” with the soloists from the Zurich Ballet. He is presently one of the Concert Masters in the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa. He is the 1º violin and a founding member of the Lacerda String Quartet.