- Teaches students:
- and Ages 8 to 40
- Teaching since:
Praised by The New York Times as “spellbinding,” violinist Alex is emerging as a strong advocate for the music of today. He has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Paine Hall at Harvard University, and the Hitachi Systems Hall in Sendai, Japan. At home with music new and old, he has appeared as a soloist with the Sendai Philharmonic, AXIOM Ensemble, and Juilliard Orchestra.
A member of the Momenta Quartet since 2016, Alex also performs with Le Train Bleu, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), and Argento Ensemble. He recently took part in the Arvo Pärt at Eighty concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a performance which was streamed live globally. He appears regularly at the Chelsea Music Festival, and has also performed in the music festivals Bravo! Vail and the Tanglewood Music Center. Alongside his wife and pianist Nana Shi, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Orchestra. The couple have presented recitals across the country, performing repertoire from Beethoven to Schnittke. Alex has led as concertmaster the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, and more. In the summer of 2011, he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra on their tour to Japan.
Alex's diverse interests in music have led him to an international tour with the ambient drone-music duo Stars of the Lid, playing shows in Montreal, New York, and Los Angeles. An avid collaborator, he has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and with dancers from the New York City Ballet. Complementing his performing experience, Alex is part of the faculty of Juilliard's Music Advancement Program, as well as a teaching artist with Chamber Music by the Bay, an educational outreach and concert series that engages with audience through chamber music.
Alex recently received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Ronald Copes and Joseph Lin of the Juilliard String Quartet. His scholarly research was focused on Western music in Japan, specifically that of contemporary composer Somei Satoh. He also took lessons on Baroque violin with Robert Mealy of the Juilliard Historical Performance program. Alex holds a Master of Music degree from Juilliard, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, where he studied with Lynn Chang.