Associate Principal Viola – West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Australia
Australian Hometown: Perth
Education: University of Western Australia, Australian National Academy of Music
Alex started playing viola at the age of 12 when he was awarded a music scholarship to Perth Modern School. Upon completing Honours in Performance at the University of Western Australia, Alex was awarded a full scholarship to the Australian National Academy of Music for two years. During this time he performed in many masterclasses, solo, orchestral and chamber music concerts. Whilst at ANAM he also participated in the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum held at the Universitat Salzburg.
Alex has played with the Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras and participated in Australian Youth Orchestra programs, including Camerata Australia. He joined the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) in 2007. In 2009 Alex performed with the WASO Chamber Players in the Utzon Concert Series at the Sydney Opera House. He has also played with the Pacifica Quartet, in the Government House Music on the Terrace concert series, in Darlington Chamber Music concerts, with Tura New Music and recorded Troy Roberts’ XenDen Suite for Double Quartet (jazz quartet and string quartet).
In April 2018 Alex was Guest Associate Principal Viola with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. From 2016 to 2019 he was WASO’s Acting Principal Viola.
Teachers have included Caroline Henbest, Esther van Stralen, Lawrence Jacks and Tzvi Friedl. Alex plays on a Hiroshi Iizuka viola.
Last updated 2023