Alexandra Solea is an international relations and cultural affairs professional, cultural entrepreneur, lecturer, musicologist. She has received the PhD in History and Analysis of Musical Cultures from “La Sapienza” University of Rome, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Musicology, Piano and Arts Administration (summa cum laude, with highest honours) from both the National University of Music in Bucharest and “Santa Cecilia” Music Conservatory in Rome, double-majoring in the study of Italian Baroque music and Eastern European music in the Twentieth Century. Moreover, she has attended courses in Political Science and International Relations at University of San Diego College of Arts and Sciences, USA.
High-profile positions, in public and private sectors, have rounded out her senior arts administration expertise, allowing collaborations with international top-level institutions in performing arts management, including: European Music Council (Germany), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro dell’Opera “La Fenice”, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Italy), BOZAR (Belgium), Sadler’s Wells (UK), Accademia Filarmonica Romana (Italy), Teatro Olimpico (Italy), Romanian Cultural Institute, China Shanghai International Arts Festival (China), “George Enescu” International Festival and Competition (Romania).
Alexandra has attended internships and professional training courses in international relations and cultural affairs at: U.S. Embassy to Italy, Embassy of Romania to Italy, European Parliament, European Commission (representations to Italy), Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Diplomatic Institute - D.G.R.O.). She is Alumna&Fellow of the European Music Council (Bonn), the biggest European network of organizations and institutions operating in the music sector, and Alumna&Fellow of Stiftung Mercator (Essen) and TÜSİAD (Istanbul), Turkey's top business organization, under the patronage of Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs. Moreover, she has been Resident Fellow of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education and Research at the Romanian Academy in Rome (2006-2008), and has been awarded with various research fellowships and grants by: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Rome), The Festival Academy (Brussels), European Festivals Association (Brussels), The Asia-Europe Foundation - ASEF (Singapore) etc
A passionate and dynamic cultural entrepreneur, Alexandra is Founder & Executive Director of the cultural organization Solèart Management, based in Rome (Italy), with the aim to encourage the international environment to give greater importance to the cultural and educational dimensions, to promote the communication of arts and culture and provide to the society the richness of artistic thought and the creativity of young people.
She has been appointed in national examination boards by “Santa Cecilia” Music Conservatory in Rome, as External Expert for the final examinations of the MA degree in Music Management, and by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and Italian National Committee for the Practical Learning of Music, for “Claudio Abbado” National Music Award for the Schools, under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.
In order to shape the future generation of cultural leaders and managers, Alexandra lectures at leading cultural institutions and universities about arts and cultural management including: Royal Conservatoire The Hague, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, “La Sapienza” University of Rome, “Tor Vergata” 2 University of Rome, Teatro dell’Opera “La Fenice” Venice, Accademia Nazionale di “Santa Cecilia” Rome, Auditorium RAI Turin, “Benedetto Marcello” Music Conservatoire in Venice, “Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco” Music Conservatoire in Verona, “Santa Cecilia” Music Conservatoire in Rome.
She collaborates, as Mentor, with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), in the frame of the Intercultural Leaders Programme; a project in partnership with the BMW Group, representing an exclusive skills & knowledge-sharing platform for civil society organizations and young leaders that work on addressing cross-cultural tensions.
Currently, Alexandra is Director of the Master’s in Arts and Culture Management, at Rome Business School (Italy), helping to shape “better managers for a better world”.