Alex is a dazzling classical pianist and composer for film, video and games. He’s also a music software expert (Logic, Pro Tools, Vienna Ensemble Pro, Finale, Sibelius)
Alex earned a Master of Music in Screen Scoring from USC, where he received the Betty Rose Collaboration Award and was selected for a mentorship with James Newton Howard (The Dark Knight, King Kong, Signs). He studied piano under Tomoko Kanamaru at the College of New Jersey where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance.
In piano lessons, Alex focuses on relaxed, reliable technique, a strong independent sense of rhythm, connecting the “inner ear” to the student’s brain, hands, and voice, and musically logical phrasing and breathing. He believes that one of the best ways to learn is by discovery and having fun, since you sometimes then don’t even realize you are learning something new. After all, that is why we say that we “play” music! To that end, he encourages repertoire that students will not only be excited about, but will also learn something from.
Alex emphasizes regular, structured practice sessions and encourages piano students to perform for friends, family, and strangers as often as possible. He is a big believer in the power of positive reinforcement!
Some of Alex’s musical favorites:
Pianists: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martha Argerich, Glenn Gould, Chick Corea
Film composers: John Williams, Howard Shore, Michael Giacchino, John Powell
Game composers: Koji Kondo, Nobuo Uematsu
Classical composers: Bach, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Gershwin