Alex started playing viola at the age of 12 when he was awarded a music scholarship to Perth Modern School, having previously studied violin from the age of six with George Coleman (retired Principal Viola with WASO).
Upon completing Honours in Performance at the University of WA, Alex was awarded a full scholarship to the Australian National Academy of Music for two years. During this time, he performed in many masterclasses, solo, orchestral and chamber music concerts. Whilst at ANAM he also participated in the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum held at the Universitat Salzburg.
Alex has played with the Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras and participated in Australian Youth Orchestra programs, including Camerata Australia. In 2009, Alex performed with the WASO Chamber Players in the Utzon Concert Series at the Sydney Opera House. He has also played with the Pacifica Quartet, in the Government House Music on the Terrace concert series, in Darlington Chamber Music concerts, with Tura New Music and recorded Troy Roberts’ XenDen Suite for Double Quartet (jazz quartet and string quartet).
From 2016 to 2019, Alex was WASO’s Acting Principal Viola. Teachers have included Ivan Vukcevic, Caroline Henbest, Esther van Stralen, Lawrence Jacks and Tzvi Friedl.
In April 2018, Alex was Guest Associate Principal Viola with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. In July 2019, he played with the Australian World Orchestra for performances in Melbourne and Canberra.
In January 2020, Alex travelled to Switzerland to take lessons with Ivan Vukcevic, Professor of Viola at the International Menuhin Music Academy. This opportunity was made possible with the support of a Friends of WASO Scholarship.
Alex plays on a Hiroshi Iizuka viola. Alex also enjoys watching and playing soccer, cooking and occasionally crocheting.