Curiosity about the ‘Other’
Born to Bulgarian parents in Austria, Alexandra Ivanova grew up curious to meet and understand the ‘Other’ — in herself, in society or in culture. In her compositions, Alexandra creates conversations between jazz, Maqam-based and Afro-Cuban music and odd polyrhythms. Her arrangements reflect her experience living on three continents and speaking six languages fluently. Alexandra Ivanova is an unconventional musician who invites the listener to look at the world from different points of view: from the East, the West or from somewhere in between.
Classically trained in Austria since the age of eight, she discovered her passion for jazz at sixteen and has been mentored by Lebanese-American jazz pianist and award-winning composer Tarek Yamani. Alexandra studied jazz piano in Austria, at the Regional Conservatory in Dijon, the Conservatoire Erik Satie in Paris, as a music scholar at the UK’s University of Warwick Music Center.
She toured Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Austria and Iceland with her trio and has further performed in the Cairo Jazz Festival 2023, Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2020, the Official UNESCO Online Education Programme of the International Jazz Day 2020, BIX Jazzclub Stuttgart, Zig Zag Jazz Club Berlin, the Mengi Reykjavik, Stockwerk Graz, the New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center, the House of Pianos Dubai and the Cité Internationale Paris, among others.
Alexandra holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business from the Paris Institute for Political Sciences (Sciences Po Paris) and writes spoken word poetry.