Dr Aleksander Szram
Programme Leader: BMus and Head of International Programmes
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444
Area of WorkPerformance Practice, Harmony and Counterpoint, Analysis for Performers
Winner of the 2004 Vlado Perlemuter Award, Aleksander enjoys a varied schedule of solo piano, concerto and chamber music performances across the world, having played in more than thirty countries over five continents. Aleksander is particularly interested in the performance of contemporary repertoire and has given world premières of works by Frederic Rzewski, Daryl Runswick, Dai Fujikura, Harris Kittos, Anthony Green, Danny Ledesma, Bushra El-Turk and Hao Weiya among others, leading to several releases with the German label fonorum, Dazzle Music, and Nimbus. Solo programmes have included the complete Tippett Piano Sonatas and several works by Sorabji, Alkan and Ives.
Aleksander has performed at the major UK venues, and for many concert societies, including collaborations with Wissam Boustany, Nora Cismondi, Ian Clarke, Paul Edmund-Davies, Jean Ferrandis, Philip Fowke, Leonid Gorokhov, Stefan Hoskuldsson, Alexander Ivashkin, Jill Kemp, Lorna McGhee and Ian Pace, and concertos with Jan Latham-Koenig, Peter Stark and Andrew Morley. He has also accompanied masterclasses given by Maxim Vengerov, James Galway, Elly Ameling and Robert Cohen among others. He is one of few pianists who regularly accompanies from memory. With his group, The Lycydas Piano Trio, he gave the UK premiere of the Piano Trio in A minor by Sibelius, and worked with Roger Smalley, receiving an honorary award in 2003 from the Peter the Great Festival in Gröningen, Holland. The Lycydas Trio premiered the Piano Trio by Frederic Rzewski, and their recording of the work is available on itunes. Aleksander is an enthusiastic composer, having studied with John Ashton Thomas, Francis Pott and William Benjamin, and also electronic composition with Keith Hamel. He has performed with Gregory Rose's contemporary ensemble Circle, as well as with the Irish group Lost Music of the Gaels and the Japanese ensemble Shonorities. Aleksander completed his DMA on a full scholarship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he studied piano with Jane Coop, and harpsichord and organ with Doreen Oke. As a harpsichordist he has performed with Rachel Brown and Dmitri Kontouras. His doctoral thesis constituted a guide to the performance of Cornelius Cardew's Octet '61 on the piano.
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Qualifications/ Educational Background
Alex was awarded the Wilner Scholarship to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under Anthony Green and Douglas Finch, where he won prizes for piano, chamber music, vocal accompaniment and composition, including first place in the John Halford and John Longmire Piano Competitions, the John Ireland Chamber Music Prize and the Leonard Smith Duo Prize for Strings and Piano. He also came second in the inaugural PACA Piano Competition. Upon graduation, Aleksander was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal, as well as the Haynes Scholarship, the Stopford Scholarship and the Joan Greenfield Fellowship to fund his study for a MMus Degree, which he passed with Distinction. He was subsequently awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medal for Excellence in Performance, and the Wilfred Stiff Prize. Aleksander has also studied with Martino Tirimo, Mikhail Kazakevich and Yonty Solomon.
He now teaches piano and lectures in performance practice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and has also guest-lectured at the Royal Academy of Music, York University, the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music. He was recently made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Aleksander is on the teaching faculty of the Cheethams International Summer School for Pianists and the Kodaly Society of Wales, and also coaches young chamber groups at home in Kent, and in Bournemouth under the auspices of the Bournemouth Chamber Music Society
He has performed on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Channel 4 and also on Colombian television.