Alex studied timpani and percussion with Richard Smith at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, and then with Alan Cumberland in Brisbane. During this time Alex was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and played as Principal Timpanist on their 1988 European tour.
After working with orchestras across Australia including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Alex joined WASO as Principal Timpanist.
Since becoming a member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra he has also worked with a variety of smaller ensembles, including touring nationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Alex has taught at both the University of WA and the WA Academy of Performing Arts, and maintains a connection with youth music through the Australian Youth Orchestra, West Australian Youth Orchestra and National Music Camps.