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 American Bach Soloists, Los Angeles Chamber Choir, Ergo Musica, San Jose Symphonic Choir, the Albany Consort, the American Contemporary Ballet, Los Angeles Baroque Players, Con Gioia, and she is the principal cellist with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. She has recorded with American Bach Soloists on their recent album, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen Sings Gluck, Handel, & Vivaldi. She co-founded Ensemble Bizarria, a Los Angeles-based early music chamber ensemble. In Toronto, she performed with Accenti Vocali and played in Handel's Hercules with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. She 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, The Twin Cities Early Music Festival and the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals. She has recorded for the tv show, Hannibal, and was the featured solo cellist in the highly acclaimed 2017 documentary That Never Happened: Canada's First National Internment Operations.
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 co-Artistic Director of Los Angeles Baroque (LAB), a community baroque orchestra based in South Pasadena, CA. In addition, for the past five 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. This summer, she was a faculty member at the San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS) Recorder workshop. In November 2018, she was a faculty member (viola da gamba and dulcian) at the Road Scholar Hidden Valley workshop in Carmel Valley, CA. Alexa was recently a viola da gamba instructor at the Port Townsend Early Music Festival.