Alexander von Heißen (born in 1995) is a young harpsichordist from Germany who started playing the harpsichord at the age of 13 and had his first lessons with Diez Eichler at Dr. Hoch's music conservatory in Frankfurt. From 2014 to 2022 he was studying harpsichord with Eva Maria Pollerus at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. He took part in master classes with Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé, Christophe Rousset and Jesper Christensen. Additionally he had lessons in pianoforte with Jesper Christensen and Jazz piano with Christoph Spendel.
He was awarded with the first prize at the XXIII. International Bach Competition in Leipzig and with a second prize at the international harpsichord competition „Musica Antiqua“ in Bruges. With the Ensemble 4 Times Baroque he received the Echo follow-up award Opus Klassik in 2018 as young artist of the year. He has released numerous CDs both as a soloist and as an ensemble member, including on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (Sony Classical) label. His newest release is his album with solo works from J.S. Bach and Marchand with the label Hänssler Classics.
In collaboration with artists such as Andreas Scholl, Dorothee Oberlinger, Luca Pianca, Michael Schneider and Reinhard Goebel, he has performed at the MA Festival Bruges, the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, the Händelfestspiele in Halle, the Thuringian Bach Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival and the Mozart Festival Würzburg.
From 2019 to 2022 he has been a lecturer at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. Since 2021 he has been teaching the classes of harpsichord and performance practice at the Münster University of Music and since 2022 harpsichord and basso continuo at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.