Alex Burtzos (b. 1985) is an American composer and conductor living in New York City. His compelling and diverse works have been performed across the United States and in Europe. Since 2012, Alex has been commissioned by / collaborated with JACK Quartet, the Manhattan Sax Quartet, Marcel Trio, Diaspora Duo, Epoch Duo, Tempus Continuum Ensemble, the Aspen Music Festival, Baris Buyukyildirim, Yumi Suehiro, and many others.
Currently an ABD doctoral fellow at Manhattan School of Music, Alex’s primary teachers included Reiko Fueting, Mark Stambaugh and James Paton Walsh. Additionally, he has received lessons from John Corigliano, Steven Stucky, George Tsontakis, Andrew Thomas, David Ludwig, John Harbison, Rob Paterson, Kathryn Alexander, Missy Mazzoli, Alex Mincek, and others. Alex has been on the Faculty of the Florentine School in Lower Manhattan since 2011 (theory, piano). Beginning in Autumn 2014, he will be teaching full-time at Manhattan School of Music (theory, ear training).
As a composer, Alex is committed to pursuing artistic expression unconstrained by boundaries of school or style. His work incorporates 20th and 21st-Century techniques and colors alongside or against classical/preclassical structures and sounds. This unique and personal approach to the discipline has earned him numerous accolades, including (recently) the Jordan Berk prize for composition, finalist status in the ASCAP Morton Gould competition, and an invitation to the Aspen Music Festival and School. As a conductor, Alex champions of living composers, and has conducted premieres of works by Kenneth Fuchs, Anne Goldberg, Will Healy, and others.
Alex currently resides in midtown Manhattan with his beautiful wife, Jessica, and their cat, Clara. He is a native of Colorado Springs, CO.
10/11/2014 – Premiere of “One Final Gyre”: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ [w/ Epoch Duo]
10/17/2014 – D.M.A. Recital: Ades Performance Space, Manhattan School of Music, NYC
11/01/2014 – Manhattan Sax Quartet plays The Revivalist at their Adolphe Sax bicentennial concert: Bruno Walter Auditorium @ Lincoln Center, NYC
5/8/2014 – USA premiere of complete The Impossible Object: NYC [Venue TBA]
5/30/2015 - Premiere of new solo piano work [Yumi Suehiro Solo Piano Recital]: NYC [Venue TBA]
To view Alex’s curriculum vitae, please click here.