After studying classical guitar, piano, jazz guitar and composition at the world-renowned Chetham’s School of Music for seven years, Alexandra Whittingham gained a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Having been awarded first class honours and the Timothy Gilson Guitar Prize in 2019, she returned to the Royal Academy the following year to complete her master's degree. She graduated with a distinction, a Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music (awarded for an outstanding performance in a final recital) and the Regency Award for distinguished studentship.
In May 2021 Alexandra released her debut studio album My European Journey, which explores the guitar’s great coming of age in nineteenth-century Europe. The album reached No.1 on the iTunes Classical Chart as well as taking first place on The Presto Chart solely through pre-orders before its release. My European Journey sees Alexandra's passion for nineteenth-century music combine with a love of discovering lesser-known composers and bringing them into the spotlight. Staple works by Napoléon Coste, Giulio Regondi and Luigi Legnani give a warm Romantic embrace to a clutch of unheard miniatures – brimming with character and local colour from Vienna, London, Copenhagen and beyond.
Maintaining an active online presence, Alexandra has gained over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube during the last five years, where videos of her performances have collectively surpassed 30 million views. Her audience online has lead to live performances all over Europe including at Festival Le Temps des Guitares in south-west France, Vilnius Town Hall in Lithuania, venues in Italy and Germany, and the British Embassy in Paris.
Closer to home Alexandra has performed at London's Abbey Road Studios, County Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and Wells Cathedral. She has also appeared as a concerto soloist with Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dorset Chamber Orchestra.
She is delighted to be an Augustine Strings artist, using their Regal Blue range, and plays a 2011 Christopher Dean guitar.