Alex Burtzos is an American composer and conductor living in New York City. His works, which bristle with "biting contemporary edge," have been performed across four continents. Alex has collaborated with some of the world's foremost contemporary musicians and ensembles, including JACK Quartet, Yarn/Wire, ETHEL, loadbang, Jenny Lin, RighteousGIRLS, and many others. He is the founder and artistic director of ICEBERG New Music, a New York-based composers' collective, and the conductor of the hip-hop/classical chamber orchestra 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, jazz, 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 to recent events, from Shakespeare’s tragedies to naughty text messages. His unique approach has earned him accolades and awards from organizations around the world.
As a conductor, Alex exclusively performs contemporary repertoire, 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 from Manhattan School of Music, where his primary teachers were Reiko Fueting and Mark Stambaugh. He serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Central Florida.
RECENT HONORS & AWARDS
2018 I-Park Foundation Residency
2018 NOCO/Spectri Sonori Composition Competition (Honorable Mention)
2018 Rapee Sagarik Composition Prize (Finalist)
2018 MotoContrario Composition Competition (Winner)
2017-18 Noree Performing Arts Composer-In-Residence
2017 ASCAP Plus Award
2017 Belvedere Chamber Music 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 (Winner)
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 (Winner)