Alex S
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Member Since: July 29, 2004
Last Visit:November 21, 2011
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Alex S

A native of Saratoga, California, violinist Alex Shiozaki brings a fresh approach to performance and programming. His drive for a natural musicality within contemporary scores was noted at Tanglewood in 2010, where he is currently a New Fromm Player. In New York City, Alex has performed with the new music groups Second Instrumental Unit and the New Juilliard Ensemble, among others.

Alex has balanced this appreciation of new music with performances of more traditional concerti. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in Stern Auditorium with Mendelssohn's Concerto in D minor for Violin, Piano, and String Orchestra, which he presented with his frequent collaborator, pianist Nana Shi. Alex and Nana have given many violin-piano duo recitals across the country, performing repertoire from Beethoven and Schubert to Lutoslawski and Lasser. Alex has also appeared as a soloist with the Saratoga Symphony Orchestra, the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, and the Nova Vista Symphony.

Alex's many chamber groups have been coached by Andre Previn, Robert Levin, Joel Sachs, Yehudi Wyner, and Andrew Jennings, as well as Nick Eanet, Samuel Rhodes, and Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard String Quartet; Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet; and members of the Afiara, Chiara, and Ying Quartets. His quartets have been featured on the Wednesdays At One concert series at Alice Tully Hall, and in the Focus! Festival at the Juilliard School. He has attended many summer festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and California Summer Music.

Alex holds of a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, where he was awarded the Timothy Faron Memorial Arts Prize and the John Knowles Paine Traveling Fellowship. While at Harvard, he led as concertmaster the Bach Society Orchestra, Dunster House Opera, and Lowell House Opera. Alex recently received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he has led as concertmaster the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. His former teachers include Lynn Chang and Robin Sharp.

Currently a doctoral candidate and recipient of the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship at the Juilliard School, Alex continues to refine his musicality under the tutelage of Ronald Copes.