Alexander Knecht

Alexander K.

Loma Linda, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Recently graduated from Juilliard, I've been teaching violin and viola for five years, and welcome students of all levels and ages. My background is firmly classical, but additionally I also love fiddle music and give students songs from many genres to learn, arranging upon request. I'm currently a doctoral student at USC, and I work part-time locally as a violinist in the YMF Debut Orchestra. I am also glad to help students with recording, video editing and social media.

About Alexander K.

Alexander Cai Knecht, 29, completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at USC under full scholarship in 2018, where he studied with Brian Chen. He holds a master's degree from Juilliard, where he studied with Masao Kawasaki, and bachelors' degrees from La Sierra University, where he studied with Jason Uyeyama.

In 2018, he became a member of the viola section of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. Since 2019, he has served as a Teaching Artist for the Caesura Youth Orchestra at Columbus Elementary School in Glendale. In 2019, he founded a free violin class outreach program at the Los Angeles Chinese Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He is a regular participant as a violinist in the liturgical music at St. Joseph the Worker parish in Loma Linda. He has been a mentor teaching strings in the CKC-Music community engagement program in San Bernardino since its founding in 2008, continuing to the present day through Zoom.

This year he was featured in a live performance on AM 870 in Glendale, on the Impassioned Angels program.. Last summer he performed in an online celebration of the violin caprices of Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Grammaté, as part of a celebration of Canada Day hosted by Scott St. John of the Colburn School. He remains an active teacher and performer online.

In past summers he has been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, and the Gonggeng Music Festival in Zhejiang Province, China. He comes from a musical family of Chinese, Korean and Caucasian ancestry including three siblings, all of whom play and teach string instruments.

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Julie
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I really appreciated Alexander teaching me violin. He was basically my first instructor and he was always patient and motivating. He accommodated my unique needs as an adult beginner and brought me far in a short time. He was a little challenged to balance teaching with his heavy school load, but I appreciated his willingness to take the time to teach and help others.

Posted Oct 9, 2015

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Experience

Classroom Instructor
Sep 2019 - Present

Caesura Youth Orchestra

Paid teacher for group string classes in local elementary schools for the nonprofit organization CYO

Section Violist
Sep 2018 - Present

Long Beach Symphony

Under contract after winning audition in 2018

Principal Second Violin
Sep 2015 - Present

YMF Debut Orchestra

Paid orchestra member for local concerts under 3-year contract

Founder and Lead Instructor
Apr 2019 - Dec 2019

Los Angeles Chinese SDA Church

Founded and led a weekly group violin class

Education

Master of Music, Viola
Sep 2013 - May 2015

Juilliard School

Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
Sep 2013 - May 2015

La Sierra University

Bachelor of Music, Violin
Sep 2009 - May 2013

La Sierra University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Juilliard Career Grant Recipient
May 2015

Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship

Winner, Senior Strings Category
Apr 2013

Redlands Bowl Young Artists Auditions

Winner, 2013 La Sierra University Concerto Competition
Feb 2013

La Sierra University

National Merit Scholar
Sep 2009

La Sierra University

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