Featured Artist

The music of Dr. Alexandra Fol, CTh, has been performed by ensembles such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the orkest de ereprijs, the Orchester de la Francophonie, the New Score Chamber Orchestra, the Sofia Wind Orchestra, the Unidentified Wind Orchestra (OVNI), the Paramirabò Ensemble, the Trinity Wall Street Choir, the CYE ensemble, the thingNY ensemble, the Orlando Contemporary Music Orchestra, the Gabrovo City Chamber Orchestra, among others. She has realized a number of outreach and cultural mediation projects, composing and performing music with amateur musicians, including with the City of Montréal, and with the COMA ensembles network in Great Britain.

Winner of the 2021 Roberta Stephen National composition prize, she lives and works in Montreal as a composer, organist, pianist and conductor. She is the music director and titular organist at St James United Church, where she curates the MusOrgue festival, an annual seven-concert summer series featuring 50% Canadian content, 50% female content and at least one work per concert, where the composer is alive at the time of announcing the programme. The series is always seeking interested performers! www.orguestsjames.wordpress.com

Alexandra Fol serves on the board of directors of LAUDEM, the Association of Liturgical Musicians of Canada for which she curated the Anthology of New Canadian Organ music in 2022. This publication represents different stylistic currents in Canada and targets the intermediate-level organist who would like to diversify their repertoire with contemporary music accessible to both the performer and the audience. The composers, of different ages and originating from different Canadian provinces, were each commissioned a work lasting up to four minutes. The anthology can be purchased for 12 Canadian dollars here: http://beta.laudem.org/index.php/boutique ; www.laudem.org

Fol is an associate researcher at the Institute of Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in the fields of philosophy, aesthetics, and ethics of music, and reconstruction of ancient instruments. Her articles, in English, French and Bulgarian, can be freely downloaded here: https://artstudies.academia.edu/AlexandraFol She has given a number of world and Canadian premières of new works. A number of them can be heard here, uploaded with the permission of the composers: www.youtube.com/alexandrafol

Alexandra Fol’s music is available at the Canadian Music Centre. Her music can be listened to on youtube and on www.soundcloud.com/alexandrafol In 2019 she received coat of arms from the Governor General of Canada. The history and the design are available in the National public registry here: https://www.gg.ca/en/heraldry/public-register/project/3114

For more information, please visit www.alexandrafol.wordpress.com or write to Alexandra directly at composer1981@gmail.com or at music@stjamesmontreal.ca