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I want to touch people with classical music – whether I’m performing in a prestigious opera house or in a homeless shelter.

Alexandra Soumm lifts her violin, pauses momentarily, and starts to play. The music is sublime, the violin - the revered "ex-Kravakos" - is a priceless instrument crafted by an Italian master craftsman in 1785. It is a virtuoso performance worthy of the most elite classical music venues. But the audience, some of whom are in tears, are actually patients in hospital, and have paid nothing to attend this ultra exclusive concert.

First taught by her father, Alexandra Soumm started playing the violin at the age of five. Today she is a leading light on the international classical music scene, performing for audiences in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Yet despite – or perhaps because – of this, Alexandra also feels passionately about bringing classical music to the unlikeliest of venues – and to people who would never be able to attend any of her regular concerts. Along with like-minded musicians Maria Mosconi and Paloma Kouider, Alexandra founded Esperanz‘Arts in 2012, a non-profit organization which made it its mission to bring art to those in the greatest need by performing in hospitals, prisons or homeless shelters. With her charity, Alexandra regularly returns to the same venues to help create a better understanding of and emotional link with the music for people who may never have seen classical music performed. For many, it is more than a concert. It is an awakening. Alexandra Soumm has MOMENTUM.

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