Born in 1991 in London, Alexander studied at the Purcell School, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and the Royal College of Music where he is now the Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow. In 2011 he won 1st Prize at the Liszt Competition in Budapest.
This season Alexander returns to Wigmore Hall, appears in the Nottingham International Piano Series, and makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Further afield he tours throughout Argentina and Columbia and takes part in the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.
Alexander has given concerts across Europe, Asia and America, highlights including recitals at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Ghione Theatre Rome, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), Auditorio de la Diputación de Alicante, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Beijing NCPA and La Jolla Arts Festival (California).
As a soloist he has appeared with the Philadelphia, the New Jersey, Fort Worth and Montréal Symphony Orchestras, the Oxford Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra and Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana.
Set up in 1984, YCAT provides a unique stepping stone for exceptional young artists who have the potential for international performing careers. With support from the Foyle Foundation, YCAT introduces these artists at home and abroad, bringing high quality classical performances to as wide a public as possible. YCAT is totally reliant upon the generosity of individuals, trusts and foundations, and currently receives no public subsidy.
YCAT provides its young artists with a secure management base. By offering advice, instruction and guidance, they educate the artists in strategic and long term planning, both musically and professionally. YCAT liaises with event promoters in the UK and abroad providing performance opportunities and engagements for its artists. After three to five years, YCAT aims to hand the artists on to suitable commercial management.
To present their artists to as wide a public as possible, YCAT promotes a number of high profile annual presentation concerts at venues including Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. YCAT holds annual auditions to identify exciting new talent who could benefit from the charity’s work. This rigorous selection procedure culminates in a Public Final at Wigmore Hall.
In addition to its services to young musicians at the beginning of their professional careers, YCAT has, since 1994, in a unique arrangement with the BBC, been advising the finalists of the BBC Young Musician Competition. Several of these musicians have gone on to audition to become YCAT artists.