Alexa Still

Biography

Born: 1963   Country: New Zealand  
New Zealander Alexa Still may not be a household name in the United States or Europe, but she has long been among the best-known performing artists of her native land, and her many critically acclaimed recordings have earned her a special respect from fellow performers and flute lovers alike. Ms. Still was born in 1963 and first took up the flute as an eight year old in New Zealand (she tells the story of how she wanted to play the saxophone but Read more her father wouldn't hear of it!). She later attended graduate school in the United States, working under Samuel Baron at the University of New York at Stony Brook -- where she took a doctorate (1987) before her 23rd birthday -- and taking lessons from the well-known Thomas Nyfenger on the side. Success on the competition circuit (her victories include first prize at the East and West Artist's Competition, which included a New York debut) developed into success on the audition circuit: Still won the principal flute position with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 1986. She kept the job for over a decade, and in the years since has maintained a close relationship with the organization -- as a soloist she has appeared and recorded with the orchestra, and, she is married to one of the group's string bassists. Throughout her tenure with the NZSO, Still was a frequent visitor to the U.S., and in 1996 she was honored with a Fulbright Award.

Ms. Still left the orchestra in the late '90s when named to the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has put together nearly a dozen releases for the Koch International Classics record label, amongst which are a disc of Richard Rodney Bennett music and one of Viennese classics for flute and various chamber ensembles. Her seemingly always-growing appreciation for modern music has made her much appreciated by her composer colleagues throughout the years.

In her spare time, Alexa Still is a keen motorcyclist. Read less
Browse 1-17 of 17 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Incandescence: Music By Women Composers For Saxophone And Piano
    Label: Saxophone Classics   Catalog: 14002 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jennifer Higdon,  Fernande Decruck,  Stacy Garrop,  Fernande Decrück  ... 
    Performer:  Alexa Still,  Anna Duke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  HD Duo (Saxophone & Piano)
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    Ravel: Intimate Masterpieces / Kondonassis, Still, Myer, Dehn, Jupiter Quartet
    Label: Oberlin Music   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Alexa Still,  Richard Hawkins,  Yolanda Kondonassis,  Ellie Dehn  ... 
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    Moross: Frankie & Johnny / Falletta, New Zealand SO
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1400 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Moross
    Performer:  Alexa Still
    Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta,  Donald Armstrong
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
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    Gillian Whitehead: Puhake Ki Te Rangi
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gillian Whitehead
    Performer:  Alexa Still,  Aroha Yates-Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tuhonohono
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    Vine: Sonata For Flute & Piano, Etc / Still, Gosling
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7658 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Glen B. Cortese,  Anne Boyd,  Paul Ben-Haim,  Joseph Schwantner  ... 
    Performer:  Alexa Still,  Stephen Gosling
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    Corigliano: Pied Piper;  Et Al / Still, Sedares, Et Al
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7566 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Corigliano,  Chen Yi,  Katherine Hoover
    Performer:  Alexa Still
    Conductor:  James Sedares
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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    Liebermann: Complete Chamber Music For Flute / Alexa Still
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7549 Release Date: 07/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Liebermann
    Performer:  Curt Peterson,  David Korevaar,  Erika Eckert,  Judith Glyde  ... 
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    Natural Escapes
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7634 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu,  Stella Sung,  William Grant Still,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Emily Mitchell,  Susan Glaser,  Susan DeWitt Smith,  Alexa Still  ... 
    Conductor:  James Sedares,  James DePreist,  Donald Barra,  Steven Richman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auréole,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Kiwi Flute / Alexa Still
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7345 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Ritchie,  John Ritchie,  Chloe Moon,  David Hamilton
    Performer:  Alexa Still
    Conductor:  James Sedares
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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    Koechlin: Les Chants De Nectaire / Alexa Still
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7394 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Koechlin
    Performer:  Alexa Still
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    Visions - The Alan Hovhaness Sampler
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7311 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness
    Performer:  Marvin Rosen,  Michael Long,  Alexa Still,  Chris Gekker
    Conductor:  Richard Auldon Clark,  Vakhtang Jordania,  Nicholas Braithwaite
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Chamber Orchestra,  KBS Symphony Orchestra,  New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
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    Barber, Bloch, Copland / Alexa Still, Susan Dewitt Smith
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7144 Release Date: 01/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Quincy Porter,  George Rochberg,  Robert Muczynski,  Eldin Burton  ... 
    Performer:  Susan DeWitt Smith,  Alexa Still
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    Jacob, Arnold: Flute Concertos; Musgrave: Orfeo II / Alexa Still
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7140 Release Date: 01/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Thea Musgrave,  Gordon Jacob
    Performer:  Alexa Still
    Conductor:  Nicholas Braithwaite
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
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    Griffes, Hanson, Et Al: Music For Flute / Alexa Still, Et Al
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7063 Release Date: 04/07/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Arthur Foote,  Kent Kennan,  Ernest Bloch  ... 
    Performer:  Alexa Still,  Vyvyan Yendoll,  Carolyn Mills-Williams
    Conductor:  Nicholas Braithwaite
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
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    Still: Summerland / Still, Dewitt, New Zealand Quartet
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7192 Release Date: 02/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Grant Still
    Performer:  Alexa Still,  Susan DeWitt Smith,  Michael Steer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand String Quartet
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    Still: La Guiablesse, Danzas Da Panama / Jackson, Still, Berlin Symphoniker
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7154 Release Date: 12/22/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Grant Still
    Performer:  Susan DeWitt Smith,  Alexa Still
    Conductor:  Isaiah Jackson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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    Holst: Brook Green Suite, Lyric Movement, Etc / Braithwaite
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7058 Release Date: 12/14/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Stephen Popperwell,  Alexa Still,  Vyvyan Yendoll
    Conductor:  Nicholas Braithwaite
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
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