Composer Alex Weiser writes music of dramatic visceral power and thoughtful introspection that has been called "compelling" by The New York Times. Upcoming projects include new works for the 2014 MATA Festival, Typical Music, TILT Brass, and Sandbox percussion. Commissions and performances have come from ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, Argento Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Sinopia Quartet, bassoon quintet Dark in the Song, and the New Amsterdam Singers. As Composer-in-Residence for the trombone quartet Guidonian Hand, Alex wrote a major work, premiered in installments throughout the 2012-2013 season, which received its complete premiere on Kathleen Supove's Music With a View series at the Flea Theater. Other recent projects include a song cycle for Mellissa Hughes and Lisa Moore, another string quartet for the JACK Quartet, and a work for the New York University Symphony Orchestra as one of their Composers-in-Residence.
Alex has completed residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Wildacres, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Millay Colony, and participated in music festivals including Norfolk, June in Buffalo, the European Musical Alliance, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, and highSCORE. Alex's music has recently received awards and support from New Music USA, ASCAP, the Lyrica Chamber Music Society, Iowa State University's Carillon Festival, the University of Central Missouri, and the Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts.
Born in New York City, Alex began seriously studying music while attending Stuyvesant High School writing pieces for the symphonic orchestra there, and studying theory and conducting with Joseph Tamosaitis, and composition with Paul Alan Levi. Alex then continued his studies at Yale University and New York University where he worked with teachers including Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Michael Klingbeil, Kathryn Alexander, Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Ingram Marshall, and Chris Theofanidis.