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KRISTIAN ALEXANDER

“Maestro Alexander’s interpretation was inspiring, carefully crafted and paced, sensitive and balanced, with beautiful lyrical expression and dramatic depth. Ahram, Cairo

“Maestro Alexander maintained an exquisite balance between the soloist and orchestra, in turn discrete, supportive or cooperative.” Ahram, Cairo

“Il Maestro Kristian Alexander ha diretto in maniera impeccabile.” Courriere Canadese

“Inspiring conductor with strong discipline and attention to every detail – qualities that bring great classical pieces from all genres and styles to life.” Markham Life

“Maestro Alexander is a wonderful musician with a strong vision and great practical knowledge about the orchestra. He can get the right sound, the right style… I’ve enjoyed our collaboration a great deal.” André Laplante, pianist

“Kristian Alexander provides a finely balanced leadership that brings together a detail-oriented approach with inspiration for his fellow musicians.” Jacques Israelievitch, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

“Kristian Alexander is a remarkable conductor. As a soloist, I had the freedom to play knowing that he and the orchestra are always there for me.” Christina Quilico, pianist

“Mr. Alexander’s expressive manner to conduct inspired the orchestra immensely.” Nurhan Arman, Music Director of Sinfonia Toronto

“The inspired, detailed interpretation, along with a passionate playing, brought to the forefront by Maestro Kristian Alexander, was excellent.” Daniel Friedman, composer

“The ‘Mozarteum’ symphony orchestra conducted by Maestro Kristian Alexander demonstrated a profound sensitivity towards the Mozart style and interpretation.” Nedialko Nedialkov, Music Director of the Bulgarian National Opera

About Kristian Alexander

Mr. Kristian Alexander is the founding Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, the founding Music Director of the International Music Academy, the founding Artistic Director of Markham Contemporary Music Festival and the founding Artistic Director of the International Music Competition (Toronto). He was also the founding Music Director of the Mozarteum Symphony Orchestra in Sofia (Bulgaria), the first privately own art organization in Eastern Europe dedicated to the performing and recording of compositions by Mozart. Kristian Alexander has conducted Internationale Bach-Collegium and Gächinger Kantorei in Stuttgart, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Oratorio Society and Orchestra, the National Teleradio Symphony Orchestra of Moldova, Lutosławski Philharmonic Orchestra and Malawski Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, and Kindred Spirits Orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Opéra de Montréal Orchestrathe Royal Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra (Toronto), Oakville Chamber OrchestraGuelph Symphony OrchestraEtobicoke Philharmonic OrchestraVaughan Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteum Symphony Orchestra in Sofia.

Mr. Kristian Alexander has worked with internationally renowned conductors Charles Dutoit, Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, Helmuth Rilling, John Morris Russell, Nurhan Arman, David Agler, and Nedialko Nedialkov. He also collaborated with soloists Christina Quilico, Ann Hobson Pilot, Jacques Israelievitch, James Parker and André Laplante. He recorded several live concerts for the International Bachakademie (Stuttgart), the National Radio Broadcasting Company and the National Television of Bulgaria. Mr. Kristian Alexander conducted in many major concert halls in Europe, Africa and Canada: Sony Centre for the performing arts, Roy Thompson Hall, Ettore Mazzoleni Hall and the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Lieder Halle in Stuttgart, Hong Kong City Concert Hall, Cairo Opera House, Bulgaria Hall and the National Palace of culture in Sofia, among others.

Since the beginning of his tenure as Music Director of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in 2009, Mr. Kristian Alexander has performed a vast repertoire that includes Shostakovich’s, Richard Strauss’, Berlioz’, Beethoven’s, Brahms’, Mendelssohn’s and Schumann’s symphonies as well as all major instrumental concerti by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Grieg, Schuman, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Saint-Saëns. In 2011, Mr. Alexander and the Kindred Spirits Orchestra has forged an important artistic partnership with the creation of Markham Contemporary Music Festival, an annual event that has brought to life great pieces of the 20th century, including Lutoslavsky’s Symphonic Variations, Stravisnky’s Symphony No. 1, Philip Glass’ Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 1, Honegger’s Pastoral d’été and others. Mr. Kristian Alexander is also avid supporter of Canadian contemporary music, having performed with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra compositions by Garry Kulesha, Brian Current, Larysa Kuzmenko, Daniel Friedman, Kevin Lau, James Campbell, and Constantine Caravassilis. Maestro Alexander has also given the Canadian première of internationally acclaimed composer John Williams’ “On Willows and Birches” and the world premières of James Campbell’s Concerto for harp and orchestra and Chan Wing-Wah’s “Phoenix Dance”. In 2017, Maestro Alexander conducted a sold-out performance at the 3,200-seat Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto of the first international concert-tribute to the Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman. In 2018, he made a highly acclaimed Asian début with the Hong Kong Oratorio Society and Orchestra.

Mr. Kristian Alexander speaks fluently English, French, Russian, and Bulgarian and has a working knowledge of Italian, German, Czech, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew languages. In addition to master degrees in orchestral and choral conducting, music theory and history, he also holds degrees in anthropology, psychology, theology, and arts management from academies and universities in Toronto, Montreal, Stuttgart and Sofia. Mr. Kristian Alexander has also been a mentor for many young musicians and conductors through various positions he held at the International Baccalaureate Organization in England, the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, as well as, in Canada, at the Atelier lyrique de l‘Opéra de Montréal, the International Music Academy, the International Bilingual School, the Weldon Park Academy and the London French School. He has also published articles on philosophy of music in major scientific journals and research papers for the Bulgarian Academy of Science, the University of Toronto and the Université de Montréal. Mr. Kristian Alexander has been a recipient of several awards from the Canada Arts Council, London City Council, Université de Montréal, Internationale Bachakademie (Stuttgart), the Mozarteum Internationale Stiftung (Salzburg), Open Society Foundation (New York), Pro Helvetia Foundation (Bern) and the National Music Academy (Sofia).

More information can be obtained through Maestro Alexander's official website: www.KristianAlexander.com

December 2019

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