Alex Burtzos (b. 1985) is an American composer and conductor living in New York City. His works, which bristle with "biting contemporary edge," have been performed across the United States, Europe, and South America. Recently, Alex has collaborated with JACK Quartet, loadbang, Yarn|Wire, ETHEL, Righteous GIRLS, Fresh Squeezed Opera, Tempus Continuum Ensemble, Blueshift Ensemble, The Secret Opera, ensemble mise-en, and many others. Alex is the founder and president of ICEBERG New Music, a New York-based composers' collective, and the conductor of NYC chamber ensemble ShoutHouse.
As a composer, Alex is committed to pursuing artistic expression unconstrained by boundaries of school or style. His "riveting" work often incorporates elements of the 20th Century avant-garde, rock, metal, and hip-hop alongside or against classical/preclassical structures and sounds, justifying these juxtapositions with a great depth of musical ideas and extra-musical knowledge. 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). His unique approach has earned him accolades from organizations around the United States, and the opportunity to compose for some of the country's most accomplished chamber ensembles.
As a conductor, Alex exclusively performs the work of living composers, and has conducted over 40 world and regional premieres by emerging and established composers. As the leader of ShoutHouse, he blends elements of jazz and classical conducting styles to cultivate a unified, engaging sound that's "incomparable to anything existing." Watch a video here.
Alex holds a DMA in composition from Manhattan School of Music, where his primary teachers were Reiko Fueting and Mark Stambaugh. He teaches composition at Stevens Institute of Technology, and composition, musicianship, and songwriting at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
RECENT HONORS & AWARDS
2017 ASCAP Plus Award
2018 MotoContrario Composition Competition Winner
2017-18 Composer-in-Residence, Noree Performing Arts
2017 Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition Grand Prize Winner
2017 TUTTI Festival Call for Scores Winner
2016 Verdant Vibes Call for Scores Finalist
2016 Symphony No. 1 Call for Scores Finalist
2015 Society for New Music Brian Israel Award
2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Award (Finalist)
2015 ensemble mise-en Call for Scores Winner
2015 Secret Opera Call for Scores Winner
2015 Dynamic Music Festival Call for Scores Winner
2015 Florida State Festival of New Music Call for Scores Winner
2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Award (Finalist)
2013 Jordan Berk Award for Saxophone Composition