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Alex Burtzos

New York, NY            

Alex Burtzos is an American composer and conductor. A native of Colorado Springs, CO, he currently divides his time between New York City and Orlando, FL.  His works, which bristle with “biting contemporary edge,” have been performed across four continents.  Alex has collaborated with some of the world’s foremost contemporary musicians and ensembles, including JACK QuartetYarn/WireContemporaneousETHELloadbangJenny LinRighteousGIRLS, and many others.  He is the founder and artistic director of ICEBERG New Music, a New York-based composers’ collective, and the conductor of the hip-hop/classical chamber orchestra ShoutHouse.

As a composer, Alex is committed to pursuing artistic expression unconstrained by boundaries of school or style.  His “riveting” work often incorporates elements of the 20th Century avant-garde, jazz, rock, metal, and hip-hop alongside or against classical/preclassical structures and sounds, justifying these juxtapositions with a great depth of musical ideas and extra-musical knowledge.  Alex’s music takes as its basis and provides commentary on a diverse array of subject matter, from early colonial history to recent events, from Shakespeare’s tragedies to naughty text messages.  His unique approach has earned him accolades and awards from organizations around the world.

As a conductor, Alex exclusively performs contemporary repertoire, and has conducted over 40 world and regional premieres by emerging and established composers.  As the leader of ShoutHouse, he blends elements of jazz and classical conducting styles to cultivate a unified, engaging sound that’s “incomparable to anything existing.”  Watch a video here.

Alex holds a DMA from Manhattan School of Music, where his primary teachers were Reiko Fueting and Mark Stambaugh.  He serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Central Florida.  

Gursky Songs

For Baritone, Vl, Vcl, Pno. Poetry by Daniel Neer after images by Andreas Gursky. Performed at the National Opera Center, NYC, March 2015.

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Teach the Torches to Burn Bright

For Vl, Cl, Pno. Performed in Aspen, CO, July 2013.

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Prince Prospero

For Soprano, Fl, Ob, Bari Sax, Perc, Pno, Guitar. Commissioned by the Tempus Continuum Ensemble. Performed at the cell, NYC, May 2013.

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