Alex Eastley is a Montreal-based bassoonist with an active career as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician, performing in a wide range of styles, including classical, contemporary and free improvisation. She was Acting Second Bassoon with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal for the 2018/19 season and previously, was Principal Bassoon of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2018.
Alex studied with Nadina Mackie-Jackson at the University of Toronto and completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music with Bernard Garfield. She earned her Master's degree in solo bassoon performance from McGill University where she studied with Stéphane Lévesque.
In 2016, Alex was guest Principal Bassoon with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand. She has also performed as guest Principal Bassoon with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé, and as guest Assistant Principal Bassoon with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
In the realm of improvised music, Alex has played with the London Improvisers Orchestra (UK), the Dutch Impro Academy in Amsterdam, Vitamin-S in Auckland, at the Audio Foundation in Auckland and at Montreal’s Mardi Spaghetti improvised music series. Inheritance, an album of improvised music recorded with her group Civvie, was released in 2017.
In addition to teaching privately, Alex has been on faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program since 2016. She previously taught from 2014-2018 at the International Music Camp at the International Peace Gardens, has served as sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba and Memorial University (Newfoundland), and was on faculty at Brandon University (Manitoba) from 2014 to 2018.