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Alex Weiser

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Alex Weiser is an American composer of contemporary classical music.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Weiser was born in New York City.[1] to a Jewish family. He attended Stuyvesant High School[2], Yale University[3], and received a master's degree in Music Theory and Composition at New York University. He studied with Paul Alan Levi[2], Martin Bresnick[4], Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe among others [5][6].

In addition to his work as a composer, Weiser is active as a concert producer and curator. Weiser worked for nearly five years as the Director of Operations and Development at the MATA Festival[7], is co-founder and artistic director of Kettle Corn New Music[8][9], and is the Director of Public Programs at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research[10][11]

Musical Style[edit | edit source]

Weiser has written music for a variety of vocal and instrumental combinations. Many of Weiser's works explore Jewish themes including and all the days were purple for vocalist and chamber ensemble which includes settings of Yiddish poetry by Anna Margolin, Rachel Korn, and Abraham Sutzkever.[11], and after shir hashirim for chamber orchestra which takes its inspiration from the biblical Song of Songs[12]. Common themes in Weiser's works also include death and transience as exemplified by his work Three Epitaphs[13]. Other major works have included shimmer for eight spatially arrayed cellos written for and recorded by Ashley Bathgate as a companion piece to Steve Reich's Cello Counterpoint[14][15], and water hollows stone for piano four hands, written for HOCKET Piano Duo[1]

Awards and recognition[edit | edit source]

Weiser's music has received awards and recognition from ASCAP[16], Roulette Intermedium[17], American Opera Projects[18], Iowa State University's Carillon Competition[19], and others.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Norton, Nick. "HOCKET Interviews Composers, round 4: Alex Weiser". New Classic LA. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Clarity and Awe: Spotlight on Composer Alex Weiser". YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. YIVO. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  3. Tommasini, Anthony. "New Tunes, Old Friends and Poems Set to Song". New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  4. Pfitzinger, Scott (March 1, 2017). Composer Genealogies: A Compendium of Composers, Their Teachers, and Their Students. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 71. ISBN 1442272244.
  5. Delarue. "An Auspicious Portrait of Emerging Composers Fjola Evans and Alex Weiser". Lucid Culture. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  6. Weiser, Alex. "Biography". Alex Weiser Official Website. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  7. Oteri, Frank. "MATA at 20". New Music Box. New Music USA. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  8. Allen, David (8 June 2015). "Review: Lisa Moore at DiMenna Center". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  9. Meyer, Jack. "Kettle Corn Pops at The DiMenna Center". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  10. "YIVO Staff Directory". YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Pisano, Steven. ""and all the days were purple": Music by Alex Weiser at Roulette". Feast of Music. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  12. "Cantata Profana Performs Gustav Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde - Concert Program" (PDF). YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. YIVO. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  13. Kriegeskotte, Christian. "Kettle Corn New Music Closes 4th Season with Epitaphs and Fairytales". I Care If You Listen. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  14. da Fonesca-Wollheim, Corinna (22 June 2017). "Cellist in an Echo Chamber, Echo Chamber". New York Times. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  15. Andrews, Matthew Neil. "Spontaneous Combustion reviews 2: sublime solos, dynamic duo". Oregon Arts Watch. ArtsWatch. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  16. Oteri, Frank. "2018 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award Winners Announced". New Music Box. New Music USA. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  17. "[COMMISSION] Alex Weiser: And All The Days Were Purple". Roulette.
  18. "Announcing the winners of the 2017-19 Composers & the Voice fellowships!". American Opera Projects. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  19. "Carillon Composition Competition". Iowa State University. Retrieved 8 May 2018.


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