Biography: Alexander Kerr, Violinist

Alexander Kerr's expressive and charismatic style has made him one of the most accomplished and versatile violinists on the international music scene today. In 1996 at the age of 26, Mr. Kerr was appointed to the prestigious position of Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Today, he balances his orchestral career with solo and chamber engagements throughout Europe, North America and the Far East.

Regarded by the press as a masterful virtuoso with an elegant, old-world sound, Mr. Kerr has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. An active chamber musician, Mr. Kerr has performed with Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Edgar Meyer, Truls Mørk, Vadim Repin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Maxim Vengerov in recitals around the globe.

Mr. Kerr's recent CD releases include the Dvorak Piano Quintet with Sarah Chang and Leif Ove Andsnes on the EMI label, music by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen on the NM Classics label, and the Shostakovich Romance on a series of discs including "Violin Adagios" and "Evening Adagios" on Decca.

Mr. Kerr is on the faculties of the Utrecht School of the Arts, Amsterdam Conservatory, Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, and was recently appointed Visiting Guest Professor at the Indiana University School of Music.