Alex Da Costa (CAN) and Graham Wood

Winner of the 2012 Juno Award, Canadian born Alexandre Da Costa is the Associate Professor of Classical Music - Strings at WAAPA. He has played close to 2,000 concerts, has been a guest soloist with over 100 different orchestras, and has conducted and served as Concertmaster of orchestras throughout the world.

Graham Wood has been a professional pianist, arranger and composer since 1989. He has toured extensively and worked with many renowned international artists.

Appointed Associate Dean Teaching and Learning at WAAPA in 2016, Graham is represented on five CDs, is half owner of The Ellington Jazz Club and is founder/artistic director for the Perth International Jazz Festival.

Alex Da Costa joins Artistic Director of PIJF (Graham Wood) for a special crossover concert where classical and jazz intersect. This concert will be with jazz piano trio and violin and will be staged in the gorgeous St George’s Cathedral. After a full house performance at PIJF in 2016 and a Canada tour of this project, Alexandre and Graham return to St George’s Cathedral for what is set to be an ethereal performance and highlight of PIJF 2017.



Alexandre is the Associate Professor of Classical Music - Strings, at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Winner of the 2012 Juno Award, Alexandre Da Costa was born in Montreal, Canada. At age 18, he obtained a Master’s Degree in violin (Quebec Music Conservatory) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano (University of Montreal). Subsequently, he studied at Madrid’s Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia with Zakhar Bron. He later pursued post-graduate studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst of Vienna, Austria, and is currently completing a PhD.

Winner of many international first prizes, including the Virginia-Parker Prize, one of Canada’s highest cultural distinctions, Da Costa has given close to two thousand concerts throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia. He has performed the major halls of Vienna (Musikverein), Berlin (Philharmonie), New York (Carnegie Hall), Beijing (Poly-Theater) and beyond. He has played as guest soloist with more than a 100 different orchestras including London’s Royal Philharmonic, the Montreal, Vienna, Berlin and BBC Symphony Orchestras, the Dresden, Bergen and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras. Conductors he has played under include Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Leonard Slatkin, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Matthias Bamert, John Axelrod and Peter Oundjian. Da Costa premiered works by Elliott Carter, Michael Daugherty, etc., and performed with Menahem Pressler, Wonny Song, Elisabeth Leonskaja, etc. He recorded 25 CDs for Warner Classics, Universal Music Group, JVC/Victor and others.



Graham Wood has been a professional pianist, arranger and composer since 1989. He has toured extensively nationally and internationally and has worked with many renowned international artists including Frank Foster, Sam Rivers, Ernie Watts, Sheila Jordan, Dave O’Higgins, Cindy Blackman, Dave Weckl, Claire Martin, Reggie Workman, Ingred Jensen, Mark Murphy, Greg Osby, Bob Sheppard, Carmen Lundy, Chris McNulty, Paul Bollenback, George Garzone, Mike Moreno, Gretchen Parlarto, Howard Levy, Jon Gordon and Fred Wesley. He has been commissioned to compose three major works for Jazz orchestra including one for the Fremantle International Jazz Festival.

He completed the Bachelor of Music (Jazz) course at WAAPA in 1992. He was awarded an ARTSWA grant to study Jazz piano in New York in 1994. After completing a Graduate Diploma in Education in 2000 he pursued a PhD in Music Education. The topic of his PhD research was “Prevalence, factors, and effects of Performance Related Medical Disorders (PRMD) among tertiary-trained jazz pianists in Australia and the United States”. His work is published internationally in the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) journal and he makes regular presentations at the Performing Arts Medical Association annual symposium in Aspen, Colorado.

Associate Professor Graham Wood (PhD) was appointed Jazz piano lecturer at WAAPA in 2001 and the head of Jazz studies in 2004. He was then appointed Dean of Music in 2006. He was nominated for the 2013 Western Australian of The Year in the Arts Category and was also nominated for a 2013 Golden WAMi by the Western Australian Music Industry Association. 

Graham is represented on five CD’s: The Graham Wood Trio ‘Real’ and The Graham Wood Trio + 2 ‘Jazz Juice’, ‘The G Train’, ‘Piano Perspectives’ and his latest release ‘Remembrance’. He also performed on the 2013 Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album with Chris McNulty “The Song That Sings You Here”. This album was recorded in New York City. In addition to this, Graham is also half owner of The Ellington Jazz club and is founder and artistic director for The Perth International Jazz Festival.



  • Alex Da Costa – violinist
  • Graham Wood – piano, composer