17-year-old conductor Alex Prior has been appointed Assistant to the Guest Conductors of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor and Composer Alexander Prior ranks amongst the most remarkable young talents to have emerged in recent times.
Life and Music
- In 2009, at just 17, Alexander graduated with Distinction in two Master's Degrees in Symphonic and Operatic Conducting, and in Composition at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, studying opera and symphonic conducting with Alexander Alexeev and composition with Anatoly Korolev.
- Alexander made his UK conducting debut with The National Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican in March 2007, receiving an immediate re-invitation to conduct the orchestra in April 2008.
- Other highlights include concerts with The Northern Sinfonia, conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at The Barbican, London, including his own music, and music by John Adams, work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and concerts with The New World Symphony in Miami – sharing the stage with Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas.
- In the 2009/2010 season, he served as an Assistant Conductor for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Within a few months Alexander had already lead the orchestra in an open rehearsal of Mahler's 4th Symphony and conducted numerous youth and educational concerts.
- Alexander is the recipient of numerous Awards, including 2nd prize at the Leeds conducting competition at the age of 16, and before that the International Prokofiev Composition Competition.
- In Russia he was awarded The Order of The Blue Cross, for his contribution to the national and international arts scene, and for his charitable work within music, bringing music and the opportunities it offers to countless people, particularly children and teenagers in the poorest areas of the country.
Did you know?
Alexander is also an accomplished composer, and has been from a very young age. At the age of 12, he was commissioned by the Moscow State Ballet to write Mowgli, which was soon premiered at the Kremlin to great international acclaim.
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