Alex Burtzos (b. 1985) is an American composer and conductor living in New York City. He is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM) and the Manhattan School of Music (MM), and a member of ASCAP. Alex has been on the faculty of the Florentine Music School in lower Manhattan since 2011 (theory, piano and percussion), and is currently working towards his doctorate in composition at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is the recipient of MSM’ s prestigious teaching fellowship. His compositions have been performed across the United States and abroad. In 2013, Alex was awarded the Jordan Berk Memorial Prize for composition. Also in 2013, he attended the Aspen Music Festival for eight weeks of study under Steven Stucky, John Corigliano, John Harbison, George Tsontakis, Stephen Hartke and Joan Tower.
Musical from an early age, Alex performed internationally as a brass player, vocalist and percussionist before moving from Colorado to New Orleans in 2004 to attend Loyola University. As an undergraduate, he studied composition with Dr. James Paton Walsh, theory and orchestration with Dr. William Horne, counterpoint with Dr. James Mackay, conducting with Dr. Joseph Hebert, and form and analysis with Dr. Janna Saslaw. Alex graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loyola with a bachelor’s degree in composition in May of 2008.
From 2007 – 2010, Alex served as music director at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Metairie, LA, and worked in New Orleans as a freelance composer, arranger, conductor, chorister, percussionist and clinician. He also developed an association with the New Orleans New Music Ensemble, eventually serving as one of the group’s composers-in-residence and associate director of operations. In 2010, several of Alex’s works were published by Brazilian Music Publications.
In Autumn 2010, Alex moved to New York City and began working towards a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where his primary teachers of theory and composition included Dr. J. Mark Stambaugh, Dr. Nils Vigeland, Dr. Reiko Fueting and Dr. Richard Danielpour. Having completed that course of study, he is now pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the same institution. Additionally, Alex has engaged in intensive study of conducting with Dr. Craig Arnold and Mr. David Gilbert. Since moving to New York, Alex has formed a working relationship with Anne Goldberg and the Synthesis Aesthetics Project, the Tempus Continuum Ensemble, acclaimed pianist Baris Buyukyildirim, and many more. In June, 2011, he performed with the TILT Brass ensemble as part of Make Music New York. In July, 2011, Alex was invited to attend the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, ME. There, he engaged in six weeks of intense collaboration with Andrew Thomas, George Tsontakis, David Ludwig and others.
In January, 2013, Alex was the featured composer on ComposersCircle.com (click here to view article), and was awarded the Jordan Berk Memorial Prize in composition for “The REVIVALIST,” his 2012 saxophone quartet. Other 2013 events included a commission and Cell Theater premiere by the Tempus Continuum Ensemble (watch the video here), as well as an invitation to attend the Aspen Music Festival from June-August.
Alex currently resides in midtown Manhattan with his beautiful wife, Jessica, and their cat, Clara.
To view Alex’s curriculum vitae, please click here.