Recently described by Early Music America as “a special artist with a brilliant future,” Alexa Haynes-Pilon has quickly established herself in the California early music scene performing on baroque cello, viola da gamba, baroque bassoon and dulcian. She has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Choir, Ergo Musica, the American Ballet Company, the Los Angeles Baroque Players, Con Gioia, and has performed as principal cello with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. She has also co-founded two Los Angeles based early music chamber groups, Concitato 415 and Ensemble Bizarria. In Toronto, she performed with Tafelmusik and Accenti Vocali, and was a founding member of the early music ensemble, Rezonance. She has appeared in most of the major Early Music festivals in North America including the Tafelmusik Winter and Summer Institutes, the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco, Vancouver Early Music Festival, and the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals.
After completing her BM and MM in cello performance at Brandon University, Alexa Haynes-Pilon earned a performance certificate from the University of Toronto in connection with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, studying cello with Christina Mahler and viola da gamba with Jöelle Morton. Alexa recently finished her doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, where she studied baroque cello and viola da gamba with William Skeen, and baroque bassoon and dulcian with Charlie Koster.
Alexa’s passion is to create music and connect with members of the community, and because of this, she co-founded and is the Artistic Director of Los Angeles Baroque (LAB), a community baroque orchestra based in South Pasadena, CA. In addition, for the past four years she has exposed thousands of elementary and secondary school students to Renaissance and baroque winds and viols through her work with the Crumhorn Collective, in collaboration with Ars Lyrica Houston’s outreach program in Houston, TX.