Alexander started learning percussion in secondary school, playing in concert bands and jazz bands. He was always intrigued by the unusual instruments he heard in film and video game soundtracks and other musical cultures. Subsequently, he has a very eclectic taste in music, both within the classical repertoire and beyond, and he is always looking to expand his abilities across as many genres as possible.
Alexander is a keen collaborator and enjoys playing in large and small ensembles of a wide variety of styles, from Early Music with his group Trillo, to the Metropolis New Music Festival, or from orchestral settings to drum kit in bands and musical theatre. He particularly enjoys working with other artistic disciplines. In 2017 he was selected to travel to Yogyakarta, Indonesia for Where the Story Begins, a collaboration between the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, in which students of visual arts, theatre and music from each institution collaborated to create multi-disciplinary performance pieces for the public.
Since commencing his training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Alexander has performed with the Auckland Philharmonia and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, as well as alongside artists such as Speak Percussion, Lisa Moore, Michael Kieran Harvey, and Timothy Munro. He performed in the ANAM@NGV concert series, in which he curated one concert exploring connections between the work of Australian artist Roger Kemp and Medieval French polyphony. He also initiated, coordinated and played in a performance of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, complete with narration and acting by Bethany Simons and Phil Lambert.
Outside of music, Alexander enjoys drawing, history, and languages.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Paul & Yvonne Lynch, Michael Schwarz & David Clouston, Jane Hansen AO
Photo and video by Pia Johnson