Alexander Hawkins is widely recognized as one of the UK’s most innovative and imaginative pianists and composers. He is self-taught with a great love and deep knowledge of the jazz tradition which he brings, along with classical references, to his compositions and improvisations. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure. Along with his solo performances, he works in a vast array of creative contexts including leading and composing for his Quartet and Ensemble, in duo with the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Han Bennink and Sofia Jernberg and in projects with contemporary leaders - Joe McPhee, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen, Wadada Leo Smith, Hamid Drake, Rob Mazurek, Matana Roberts, Shabaka Hutchings, Louis Moholo and Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, among many others. Concert appearances have taken him to major club, concert and festival stages worldwide.