Alex Hargreaves will be at Fiddle Hell Thursday and perhaps more days. Alex is an innovative, cross-genre violinist described as “one of the greatest improvising violinists in America today” by virtuoso mandolinist/composer Mike Marshall, and “the best young jazz violinist in America” by Matt Glaser, artistic director of Berklee College of Music, American Roots Program. Since 2008, Alex has been performing regularly on stages around the world, including Austin City Limits, Panama Jazz Festival, A Prairie Home Companion, Grand Ole Opry, Cambridge (UK) Folk Festival, Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, as well as in France, Italy, Spain, and South Korea. He joined the Turtle Island Quartet in January, 2016.
Alex has recorded and toured with bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers) and Mike Marshall in The Big Trio, and for 7 years with Grammy-nominated singer/multi-instrumentalist, Sarah Jarosz. He has toured with Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Danilo Perez, Darol Anger, Noam Pikelny, Leftover Salmon and has performed with many others including Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Brian Blade, Tim O’Brien and Sam Bush.
At age 15, he won the Grand Champion division at the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest in Weiser, Idaho, and won the 2009 Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in Nashville. At the 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival, Alex was awarded the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. While completing the Berklee Global Jazz Institute there, Alex toured with pianist Danilo Perez, and recorded on Perez’s album, Panama 500. Alex’s debut album, Prelude, features Mike Marshall, Grant Gordy and Paul Kowert, and guests Bela Fleck and Noam Pikelny. “[Alex] plays with wit, authority and soulfulness belying his years,” comments David Grisman, adding “in my opinion, he's destined to be one of the fiddle giants of the 21st century.” Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, Alex performs regularly with a range of artists including Michael Daves, Roy Williams, Grant Gordy, Eddie Barbash, and Jacob Jolliff.