An avid chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestra performer, violist Alexander Vavilov has enjoyed playing under the batons of Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Kurt Mazur, Rafael Fruhbek de Burgos, and David Zinman. His chamber music collaborations include James Buswell, Barbara Westphal, Ronald Leonard, the Borromeo Quartet, Lynn Chang, and Rhonda Rider. As an orchestral musician, Alexander plays regularly with BMOP, Odyssey Opera, the Portland Symphony, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, New Hampshire Chorale, amongst others. He has also served as principal violist for the Atlantic symphony since 2005. Alexander has performed symphonic and chamber music on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and Jordan Hall. His festival appearances include Tanglewood, Sarasota, Monadnock, Meadowmount, and Bowdoin. In 2003, Alexander won the 1st prize in the Massachussets ASTA competition, advancing to national semifinals after which he was amongst a handful of string players selected to go to national finals. He was also a finalist at the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra concerto competition and won the 2009 Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award. Alexander completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Boston Conservatory as a student of former BSO associate principal, Patricia McCarty, and did his Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory studying with a renowned viola soloist Kim Kashkashian.