Alicia Enstrom is a classically trained violinist, composer, producer and reformed circus runaway (Cirque du Soleil) who plays high and loud, tinkers with tech, and loves to use music to stir the pot of your subconscious. She is a unique artist who’s work spans that of classical, orchestral, pop and ambient electronic.
Alicia has performed on stages throughout the world as a soloist, for blockbuster movie soundtracks and video games (Call of Duty, Madden NFL, Harriet), alongside Billboard 100 artists (Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton), on TV awards shows and with the most recognized symphonies in the world.
She has released numerous self recorded/produced projects of which she performs live with looping pedals. In 2018, Alicia won The Ear Classical Composition Competition in New York City with multiple performances at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music via her looping pedals and with orchestra. Similarly, she was just named the 2021 Winner in the Instrumental Category of the Unsigned Only Music Competition with the first movement of her Looping Concerto for Violin, Electronics and Orchestra.
Her compositions can be seen in short films, commercials, interactive video art and installation, and commissioned orchestral and dance performances.
Additionally, Alicia was just recently nominated for an Academy of Country Music – Specialty Instrument Player of the Year Award 2020.
Alicia Enstrom toured the world for nearly ten years as the solo violinist/electric violinist for two Cirque du Soleil’s shows (Quidam – an arena touring show and Wintuk – at NYC’s Wamu Theatre – Madison Square Garden). She was also the lead violinist/fiddler, vocalist, pianist, and dancer with the International Violin Show, Barrage.
And then they simply dazzled with their musicianship. Particularly impressive was Alicia Enstrom of Topeka, KS., who played one piece so fast, and made it look so easy, that you wouldn’t think she would be able to recover and play again (of course, she did). – TIMES RECORD NEWS
In addition, she was invited on fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center and served as concertmaster and soloist in Anton Webern’s orchestral adaptation of the “Ricerare” movement of Bach’s Musical Offering. It was to be conducted by James Levine – Conductor of NYC Metropolitan Opera and previously Boston Symphony. Due to his illness, the orchestra was conducted and coached by Cristian Macelaru – WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln Chief Conductor and Michael Tilson Thomas – Music Director San Francisco Symphony. Similarly, she was appointed concertmaster/conductor for the conductorless string orchestra performance of Dvorak’s String Serenade coached by Joel Smirnoff and performed in chamber groups coached by Joseph Silverstein, Andrew Jennings, and Joel Krosnick
The conductor drew from each soloist splendid expressions of their small and large commitments. Meaning was made of every note. Most distinguished … the limpid violin of Alicia Enstrom. – THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER
Alicia was also invited to Brevard Music Center and served as concertmaster and soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under Keith Lockhart – Conductor, Boston Pops.
Alicia’s compositions have been used on an ESPN YouTube Series, for The Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia and for Artfare, in New York. Her playing has been featured by Primary Music Color, for companies such as NYC Ballet, Coca Cola Japan, Mitsubishi Motors Japan, The Kansas Lottery, and SMBC Bank. In September 2018, Alicia was the Winner of The Ear Classical Composition Competition in New York City with multiple performances at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Similarly, she recently her Looping Concerto for Violin, Electronics and Orchestra in which the first movement was premiered with the Nashville Concerto Orchestra. All Alicia’s compositions can be heard on streaming platforms and are distributed via Tone Tree Music.
In Nashville, Alicia plays with the Nashville String Machine, Nashville Music Scoring, and Nashville Recording Orchestra’s for commercial recordings for artists and projects such as Paul McCartney, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Call of Duty, and Spiderman, etc. In addition, she plays with the Nashville Symphony, performs with Intersection and Chatterbird New Music Ensembles, the Chris Walters Jazz Quintet, and in 2018, served as Artistic Director of Alias Chamber Ensemble.
In addition, she scored the poems and poets of NPR’s Versify Podcast for their 2017 Podcast Party and is creator of Dear F Holes, an art and musical exploration and was just recently nominated for an Academy of Country Music Speciality Instrument Player of the Year Award 2020.
Alicia, a magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt, is originally from Kansas.