Born in Satu Mare, Romania, Alexa Stier has been awarded the Silvestri Academic and Musical Scholarship for young musicians offered by The Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh (2013-2015). In 2019 she graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a First Class degree of Bachelor of Music, where she studied under the tuition of Prof. Fali Pavri. In 2017 she was studying at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary), through the Erasmus exchange scheme under the guidance of Prof. Jenő Jandó. In 2021 she completed her Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Prof. Boris Berman. Starting from the fall of 2021, Alexa continues her studies at the Yale School of Music as a candidate of the Doctorate of Musical Arts.
Alexa began playing the piano at the age of four. From the age of eleven she has been offered the opportunity to collaborate yearly with the ‘Dinu Lipatti’ Philharmonic Orchestra from Romania, in 2014-2015 with the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Community Orchestra (Edinburgh), in 2018 with the Kelvin Ensemble (Bute Hall, Glasgow), and in 2019 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall). Her concerto repertoire includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Schumann, Ravel, Bartók and Prokofiev.
In 2016, Alexa was the winner of the ‘Bach Prize’ at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was awarded 3rd prize at the ‘Merci, Maestro!’ International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Brussels. The same year she was a finalist at the International Piano Competition in Enschede, Netherlands; she was awarded the Mozart prize at the ‘Young Pianist of the North’ piano competition, Newcastle. In May 2019, Alexa won the First Prize at the Sheepdrove Piano Competition, UK; she was also awarded the Governer’s Prize for Keyboard granted yearly for the best final exam recitals by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2020, She received the ‘Elizabeth Parisot Prize’ awarded to ‘outstanding pianists in the Yale School of Music’ and, in 2021, the ‘Alumni Award’, both awarded by the Yale School of Music.
Alexa is a young artist with an emerging performance career. Her most notable appearances include solo recitals two years running at the Brunton theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, playing in Glasgow City Halls (2017), performing in Vaidilos Theater in Vilnius, Lithuania (2018), Teatro del Sale, Firenze (2019), and in the Karolyi Castle, Romania (2020, 2021). She has participated at many masterclasses and summer programs, such as Virtuoso e Belcanto, (Lucca, Italy; 2019, 2020), and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Norfolk, CT, US; 2021).
Since 2017, she has been supported by the Johanna Stiftung Foundation (based in Switzerland) and the ‘For the Community’ Foundation (by MOL, Romania). She is one of the featured artists of the Musical Association ‘Elitele Romaniei’, based in Romania.
Stier is particularly interested in Eastern European history and culture. She enjoys performing music which connects to her heritage, including the works of Ligeti and Bartók. In her free time Alexa likes travelling, visiting art museums, and playing with her puppy Zuzu.