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Known for her spirited and luminous sound, Baroque flute and recorder player Alexa Raine-Wright shares her eloquent interpretations with audiences across North America in solo, chamber and orchestral performances. Born in Ithaca, NY (USA), Alexa maintains an active career based in Montreal, QC (Canada).

Winner of several national and international competitions, Alexa was most recently awarded the Grand Prize as well as the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Prize at the 2016 Indianapolis International Baroque Competition. She also won First Prize at the 2015 National Flute Association’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition (Washington, DC), Second Prize at the 2015 Mathieu-Duguay Early Music Competition (Lamèque, NB), the Most Touching Performance Award at the 2009 Montreal International Recorder Competition, and First Prize in the 2007 Piffaro Competition for Young Recorder Players (Philadelphia, PA).

Alexa is a founding member of the ensemble Infusion Baroque, winner of the Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the 2014 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition in Chicago. She is also a member of the celebrated recorder quartet Flûte Alors!, and has performed with ensembles such as Arion Baroque Orchestra , Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Les Boréades, Clavecin en concert, Apollo’s Fire, Ensemble Caprice, I Musici and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in music festivals across North America including the Montreal Baroque Festival, Montreal Bach Festival, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and Berkeley Festival & Exhibition. Alexa can be heard on recordings with Arion Baroque Orchestra, Infusion Baroque, Flûte Alors! and La Bande Montréal Baroque. Her debut solo album, “Platti: Flute Sonatas Op. 3” was released in 2019.

Alexa is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, where she studied with Claire Guimond (baroque flute) and Matthias Maute (recorder). She also studied with Cléa Galhano and Barbara Kaufmann (recorder), as well as Immanuel Davis and Beth Kelly (baroque flute).

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