Alex was introduced to the clarinet in a summer, group lesson program offered by the D.C. Youth Orchestra and after that, began studying the clarinet in his hometown of Silver Spring, MD.
In 2002 he joined the Phoenix Symphony as principal clarinet.
Alex has worked at the intersection of youth and music as a private clarinet teacher, a clarinet teacher for the Phoenix Symphony’s One Nation program (a partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community), a program designer and moderator for the Phoenix Symphony’s Classroom Concert series, and as an instructor for Chicago’s Gallery 37.
Most recently, Alex founded and directs The Leading Tone, a nonprofit after school music program dedicated to using music as a context for youth development.
Alex has garnered a number of awards and honors during his career including fellowships from the Tanglewood Music Center, the New World Symphony, the Aspen Music Festival and the Detroit Symphony. A graduate of Northwestern University, he received his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, an artist’s diploma from the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam and, in 2012, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.
A Selmer Artist, he plays Selmer Signature clarinets.