Alchemy Rose is Aleksandra Danicic (violin, guitar, voice), Christine Williams (cello), and Rosanna D’Agnillo (voice, piano, guitar, ukulele). Following our hearts and love for music, Aleksandra, Christine and Rosanna all have long careers in music as performers and teachers. We have trained with some of the most celebrated teachers in the world and are frequently seen in performance throughout the Calgary area. We came together as Alchemy Rose as our freelance paths continued to cross. We are versatile, offering violin, cello, piano, voice, and guitar in any combination you need, whether in solo performance, duo or trio.
The piano trio is extremely versatile and easily rivals the richness and warmth of the string quartet. Our repertoire is suitable for weddings, funeral, and ceremonies of any kind, as well as receptions, special events, holiday parties, and banquets. Choose from our extensive repertoire or leave the planning up to us and we will create the perfect atmosphere for you.
As a piano trio, the elegance of the cello and violin are enhanced by the rich depth and sonority of the piano, (made mobile when required with a keyboard which has the sonority of a Steinway grand), rivaling the string quartet. The keys and guitar enable us to play music of diverse styles with a high level of authenticity, musicianship and creativity.
Aleksandra Danicic (violin, guitar, back-up vocals)
Aleksandra’s earliest musical experiences were deeply influenced by a rich German and Southern European cultural heritage. A native of Belgrade, she grew up in Erlangen, Germany, where her principal teachers were Sylvia Reichard and Eberhard Klemmstein. She later continued her classical music studies in Canada with Bill van der Sloot and Dr. Lise Elson. Her passion for teaching youth has continuously grown and evolved. Aleksandra was on faculty at Medicine Hat College from 1992 to 1998 and has been teaching for Mount Royal University’s Conservatory in Calgary since 1998.
For the past ten years she has also been the coordinator and principal coach of the Junior/Intermediate and Associate Violin classes at MRU’s renowned Academy Scholarship Program. Aleksandra is passionate about playing music of varied styles and origins and believes that music should be accessible to everyone. In addition to playing in various ensembles and bands ranging from flamenco to old country, lyrical folk to punk and rock, she has recently launched the “Bach To The Future” project. During the past two summers, you may have heard the sounds of her Solo Bach violin in various locations throughout the city.
Christine Williams (cello)
Christine received her degree in cello performance from the University of Victoria where she studied with Pam Highbough of the LaFayette String Quartet. Previous to this she studied with John Kads through the Mount Royal Academy Program. During this time she also performed throughout the world with the Calgary orchestras and for many prominent events.
Since settling in Calgary, she performs locally at many events as a soloist and in groups. She travels to the United States to study cello pedagogy with several internationally renowned teachers and performers. Her experience and education has been integral to he development of her music studio which she has managed for the last seventeen years.
Rosanna D’Agnillo (voice, piano, guitar, ukulele)
An Italian-Canadian lyric mezzo-soprano and pianist, Rosanna completed her Masters degree at the University of Calgary and then moved to San Francisco to study at the Music Conservatory. She trained under Jim Page (San Francisco), David Jones (New York) but her primary vocal coach was Karl Lindemann (San Francisco), who himself was the last protege of Puccini’s leading lady, Rosa Raisa. Rosanna relocated to Los Angeles and toured for several years with her classical/global/jazz/pop crossover quartet, Liata, releasing Adeste Fideles (2001), Sensations (2004) and Intermezzo (2009) before moving back to her hometown with her children.
Her direct bel canto lineage to the Italian masters of the late 19th and early 20th century keeps Rosanna in high demand as a voice coach, and she also trains several singer/songwriters in classical, jazz and pop repertoire. She has performed at all the major Calgary and Southern Alberta festivals as a vocalist and/or pianist, either as a soloist or in a variety of indie bands. She also records voice overs, audio production for videos, and composes for film and TV. Songs from her albums have been featured on radio stations and TV shows worldwide.