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Alexandra Thompson

Alexandra Thompson joined the Pittsburgh Symphony during the 2014-2015 season. After graduating in 2011 from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Stephen Geber, she began a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Thompson spent her summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, International Festival-Institute at Roundtop, Credo Chamber Music and Interlochen Arts Camp. 

Thompson's ties to Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are rooted in family. Her father, Thomas Thompson, recently retired after his 50th season with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and her mother is an elementary band teacher in the Mt. Lebanon School District. Her primary teacher growing up was Pittsburgh Symphony principal cellist Anne Martindale Williams. In addition to participating in the Mt. Lebanon School District strings program, she was a member of the orchestras of the following local organizations: Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras, Pittsburgh Symphony EQT Student Side-by-Side, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and City Music Center. She was a winner of the Duquesne Young Artist and Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competitions. Thompson is incredibly thankful for the arts community in Pittsburgh that helped nurture and pave the way for her life in music. 

Thompson currently lives in Castle Shannon with her husband, tuba player Joshua Lee, and their many animals.