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, ShoutHouse, Diaspora Duo, Epoch Duo, Tempus Continuum Ensemble, the Aspen Music Festival, Baris Buyukyildirim, Yumi Suehiro, and many others. He is the conductor of ShoutHouse, a hip-hop/classical fusion orchestra.
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 served on the Faculty of the Florentine School in Lower Manhattan from 2011-14 (theory, piano). Since Autumn 2014, he has taught full-time at Manhattan School of Music (theory, ear training). Alex also teaches composition at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.
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. Alex’s music takes as its basis and provides commentary on a diverse array of subject matter, from early colonial history (A Country of Vast Designs) to recent events (12.14.12), from Shakespeare’s tragedies (Teach the Torches to Burn Bright) to naughty text messages (>; ) SXTG). 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 exclusively performs the work of living composers, and has conducted premieres of works by Kenneth Fuchs, Anne Goldberg, Will Healy, Jack Gulielmetti, Nick Omiccioli, and others. As conductor of ShoutHouse, he blends elements of jazz and classical conducting styles to cultivate a unified, engaging, and unique sound (watch a video here).
Alex currently resides in midtown Manhattan with his beautiful wife, Jessica, and their cat, Clara. He is a native of Colorado Springs, CO.
1/30/2015 – Teach the Torches to Burn Bright – FSU Festival of New Music, Opperman Music Hall, Tallahassee, FL
2/28/2015 – The Outlaw in the Gilded Age: Dynamic Music Festival, NYC
3/28/2015 – The Hill Wife: Performed by The Secret Opera, Trinity Lutheran Church, NYC
5/30/2015 – Premiere of Wilfred Owen at the Gates [Yumi Suehiro Solo Piano Recital @ Beethoven Pianos]: NYC
6/10 – 6/14/2015 – He Never Heard That Fleshless Chant performed at ensemble mise-en new music festival, NYC
Spring 2016 – One Final Gyre performed at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, Alexandra, VA [Venue TBD]
To view Alex’s curriculum vitae, please click here.