Aleksandra Henszel

Aleksandra Henszel

Key Facts

  • Instrument: Flute

Biography

Aleksandra is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music with a Master of Performance with Distinction degree. She studied flute with Daniel Pailthorpe, Gareth Davies, Celia Chambers and Simon Channing, and piccolo with Stuart McIlwham and Kathleen Stevenson. Aleksandra performs regularly with orchestras and chamber groups based in London and abroad.

Her musical training began at the age of seven in her hometown Szczecin, Poland. In 2010, she commenced her undergraduate degree in performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied flute with Alison Mitchell and Katherine Bryan and piccolo with Janet Richardson. She has worked with many Scottish ensembles and orchestras, including the Scottish Opera Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Sinfonietta project which culminated in recording and broadcast of works by Stravinsky on BBC Radio Scotland. She was a member of an award-winning wind quintet Athenaeum Winds, a group that had been selected for the 2012-2014 Enterprise Music Scotland Residency and made appearances at many music festivals and venues, including Music in Tuscany, Cottiers’ Chamber Project, Westbourne and Skye Chamber Music.

Since moving to London, Aleksandra has given many solo and chamber music recitals with her flute and guitar duo Toru Ensemble – venues include King’s Place, Southbank Centre, National Portrait Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum. As a freelance orchestral musician, Aleksandra performs with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, The Corelli Players, Raucous Rossini Opera Orchestra, Szczecin Opera Orchestra to name a few. She has had the pleasure to perform under Gustavo Dudamel, Kurt Masur, Vladimir Jurowski, Jiri Belohlavek, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, Jukka-Pekka Saraste amongst others.

Aleksandra is looking forward to spending her summer as one of the resident musicians of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany with concerts in Berlin, Lubeck, Denmark and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. At the end of August, she is going to join an opera orchestra at The New Generation Festival in Florence, where they will give performances of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in the famous Corsini Gardens.

Aleksandra is the recipient of many prizes and awards, including the First Prize at the Ventus Optimus Woodwind Competition in Lodz, Poland, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust awards and the Wolfson Instrument Award. Her postgraduate studies were generously supported by The Musicians’ Company. She can be contacted at aleksandra.henszel@gmail.com.