conductor, music director and violinist from Russia who started his formal
education at five years of age on piano and violin. He attended the Moscow Conservatory,
where he studied with David Oistrakh. Upon graduation, he joined the
Moscow Radio Symphony and eventually became the concert master of the
Israel Chamber Orchestra.
In 1973, he
emigrated to the U.S.
and became a member of the L.A. Philharmonic in 1974. He became assistant concert master in
1978, second concert master in 1980, and concert master in 1985.
June 1984, he performed “Two Rhapsodies for Violin and Orchestra”
by Bela Bartok at the Ojai Festival with the L.A.
Philharmonic under the baton of Pierre Boulez.
He was again
the featured soloist when the L.A. Philharmonic offered up Dmitri
Shostakovich’s “Violin Concerto No. 1” in February 1987.
and 17th September 1988, he interpreted Henryk
Wieniawski’s “Violin Concerto No. 2”
with the L.A. Philharmonic conducted by David Alan Miller.
Rattle was the maestro in December 1988 when Alexander again shone in the
spotlight on Jean Sibelius’s “Violin Concerto”.
In 1992, Alexander
was the interim conductor of the symphony at the University
of California-Los Angeles. He became conductor and music
director of the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra in 1993. In 1994 and 1996, he was guest
conductor of the American Youth Symphony. He became their music director in
1998. In January 1998, he made
his conducting debut with the L.A. Philharmonic.
April 2000, he performed Karol Szymanowski’s
“Violin Concerto No. 1” with Zubin
Mehta conducting the L.A. Philharmonic at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
From 2001 to
2003, he served as guest conductor of Finland’s Turku
Philharmonic. He was back home in April 2003 for a performance of Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218”
with the L.A. Philharmonic and conductor Peter Oundjian.
February 2004, he conducted the American Youth Symphony in the world
premiere of Lera Auerbach’s
“Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 56”. He and the AYS did the same for her “Dreams
and Whispers of Poseidon” on 29th March 2005.
March 2008, he shouldered the solo work on music from Schindler’s List and Fiddler
on the Roof as John Williams conducted the AYS in a concert of his film
He and the
Crossroads Chamber Orchestra offered up Shostakovich’s “Chamber
Symphony for Strings” on 17th May 2009.
2009, he was the guest conductor of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in China. He performed similar duties for the
Armenian Philharmonic in Yerevan
in June 2010.
January 2011, he conducted the American premiere of Charles Fox’s “Lament
and Prayer” as well as Mozart’s “Sinfonia
Concertante, K. 364”, with violist Jeremy
Berry and violinist Francesca dePasquale sharing
the featured soloist when the AYS performed Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin
Concerto” under the baton of David Newman in Royce Hall at UCLA on 13th
June 2012, he gave the L.A.
premiere of Tyzen Hsiao’s “Violin
Concerto in D” with conductor Frank Fetta
and the Torrance Symphony at James Armstrong Theater.
which he appears include: Art & Survival by Dianne Reeves;
Leon Levitch: Ricordo di Mario/Fantasia for Oboe and Strings/Quintet for
Flute and Strings and other works; Showstoppers
by Barry Manilow; That’s What Friends Are For by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams; The
Three Tenors in Concert 1994; and, Unforgettable: With Love by Natalie Cole.
He can also be
heard on the soundtracks of Bill
& Ted’s Bogus Journey, The
Grass Harp, Indiana Jones and the
Temple of Doom, and Throw Momma
from the Train.
In the field
of music education, he served on the faculties of the Elan
International Music Festival, the Schlern Music
Festival & Academy, and UCLA, where he was Professor of Violin for
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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