Guitarist Alexandra Iranfar is a passionate performer, chamber musician, and devoted teacher. She is a founding member of the acclaimed duo One Great City, about whom the San Francisco Examiner declared, " a journey of discovery... unique and innovatively imaginative."
Her duo was named Artist in Residence of the Chamber Music in Marin Concert Series for the 2013-2014 season. Next season's performance highlights include appearances at Old First Concerts, The Center for New Music, The Peninsula Guitar Series, and OmPower Yoga. She is looking forward to recording her debut album in December 2014.
Alexandra has fifteen years of experience as a guitar instructor, and her students have pursued guitar performance at the collegiate level. As an educator, she has taught privately, as well as at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and San Francisco State University. Alexandra's teaching is joyful, methodical, and wholehearted. As a teacher, she sparks in her students the confidence and excitement which comes from accomplishing something new.
Alexandra earned a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Diploma in Guitar Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied privately with Grammy Award-winning artist Sérgio Assad. She was awarded guitar department honors and was a finalist at the 2013 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition. During her time at SFCM, Alexandra served as the Graduate Assistant to the guitar department, and chair David Tanenbaum. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with renowned pedagogue Julian Gray. While at the Peabody Conservatory, Alexandra double majored in classical guitar and classical voice. She was the only student in the Peabody Conservatory's 157 year history to do so . She was featured on the opera stage in Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, and W.A Mozart's The Magic Flute. She also premiered the one-act opera Generations, by rising star Emily Koh, to the critical acclaim of the Baltimore Sun.
Alexandra is very grateful to her parents, who gave her the opportunity to pursue music. She loves sharing that gift with students and audiences alike. Additionally, she's known to have some pretty cool stickers.