Born in Brighton in 1989, Alexandra Knight is the Founder & CEO of Knight Classical: a classical music and creative agency specialising in the global career management of world-class classical musicians, alongside creating and producing high-end projects and events within the wider sphere of the arts industry in general. She has a particular passion for creating support for the mental health and wellbeing of musical performers, and mentoring young women in the music industry.
Alexandra developed her early musical interests from the age of three, obtaining an ABRSM Diploma in violin performance, and Grade 8 Distinctions in piano and flute. She went on to obtain a degree in Music from the University of Oxford, where she undertook studies in music history, analysis, and composition – as well as the subject of music as explored through academic disciplines as diverse as philosophy, mathematics, psycho-analysis, and linguistics. A particular focus of Alexandra’s scholarship was on the psychology of musical performance and listening: understanding how it is that emotion is conveyed and experienced through music, and exploring the construction of the psychological models often seen in high level performers.
Following this, Alexandra remained in Oxford and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Law, graduating with Distinction in 2012. Here a particular focus of her scholarship was a legal research project on the examination of the intellectual property measures that existed at that time to protect musical performers and their artistic work – for which she was awarded the highest mark in the university.
Alexandra’s first job in the music industry was at Harrison/Parrott, one of the leading agencies in the classical music business. She had the privilege of working for some of the company’s leading clients, including violinist Janine Jansen, and conductors Neeme Järvi, Peter Oundjian, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Edo de Waart, and David Zinman.
In 2013 she joined the team of International Classical Artists (ICA), where she was mentored closely by Chairman Stephen Wright across all fields of artist management, orchestral touring, project creation and production, consultancy, and audio/audio-visual projects.
During her tenure at ICA, Alexandra enjoyed producing major international tours for orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and working closely as a consultant to such organisations as the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. Alexandra holds a real passion for working closely with artists, and has had the pleasure of managing such revered icons as Kyung Wha Chung and Sir James Galway, building swiftly rising careers for established artists such as Alena Baeva and Joseph Bastian, and signing young prize-winning talents such as Anna Tsybuleva, amongst others.
In 2018, at the age of 28, Alexandra became a Director of International Classical Artists. As named successor to Stephen Wright, she launched Knight Classical in January 2020, shortly before the Coronavirus pandemic. In her role at Knight Classical, she enjoys working closely with a wide range of management clients and creative projects, alongside leading a team of like-minded individuals with a passion for music and the arts.
Alexandra is a dedicated ambassador for mental health and wellness within the music industry. Alongside ambassadorial work for the charity Bipolar UK (involving publications, events, and public speaking), she is focused on working to dissolve barriers, remove stigma, and foster support through various means for performers worldwide.
In parallel to a life spent in music, Alexandra has a long-held fascination for foreign languages: she speaks French and German, and has recently taken up the challenge of learning Russian. Her professional experience in managing artistic temperaments is put to the test daily through catering to the wants and needs of her highly entitled pedigree cat, Pushkin.