It’s great to perform with musicians who are in love – the two violinists in the quartet are soon to be married, but as they are quick to point out, not to each other. Alex Shiozaki is marrying a fellow musician, the pianist Nana Shi, with whom he frequently collaborates. The couple made their Carnegie Hall debut in Stern Auditorium with Mendelssohn’s Concerto in D minor for Violin, Piano, and Orchestra. As a duo, Alex and Nana have given many recitals across the country, performing repertoire from Beethoven to Schoenberg to Satoh. They can be heard often in NYC, concertizing in venues including the Juilliard School, WMP Concert Hall, and the Roerich Museum.
Praised by The New York Times as “spellbinding,” violinist Alex Shiozaki regularly premieres new works between performances of more traditional repertoire. Equally at home with music new and old, he has appeared as a soloist on stages from Carnegie Hall to Harvard University’s Paine Hall. For several summers, he has been invited to Tanglewood as a New Fromm Player, specializing in contemporary music.
Described by conductor David Effron as “a natural leader,” Alex has led as concertmaster the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, and more. He has also performed with Ensemble ACJW, Le Train Bleu, and Second Instrumental Unit in NYC, and with the New World Symphony in Miami. In the summer of 2011, Alex joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra on their tour to Japan. Highlights of his appearances a chamber musician include being featured on the Wednesdays At One concert series at Alice Tully Hall, in the Focus! Festival at the Juilliard School with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and in a New York Times multimedia feature performing Stravinsky’sL’histoire du soldat under the baton of Alan Gilbert.
Alex is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow, stududing with Ronald Copes and Joseph Lin of the Juilliard String Quartet. I look forward to working with Alex for the first time in the Imaginary Timescapes concert, where he will be performing the song cycles Reflections on Espionage and October in Galicia for voice and string quartet.
You can hear Alex on Dec. 13-15 in Cosi Faran Tutti, a new opera by Jonathan Dawe that “celebrates multiple permutations of love by pulling the covers off the seemingly random combinations of desire to which all are subject,” directed by Ryan McAdams (Teatro Theatre, the Italian Academy, 118th St. and Amsterdam, NYC, 8pm). Other performances can be found at http://www.alexshiozaki.com/concerts.html, and I recommend listening to his recording of Jones’ Night Music, among his recordings you can stream at http://www.alexshiozaki.com/media.html.
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