Aleksander SZRAM - Teacher Profile

About Me

Aleksander Szram specialises in performing music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and has released several albums of contemporary repertoire on the Prima Facie record label, including the Piano Concerto by Daryl Runswick, Inner Landscapes (Douglas Finch), A Land so Luminous (Kenneth Hesketh), and the album Aztec Dances with the recorder player Jill Kemp. He has recorded for Nimbus with the flautist Wissam Boustany, and given premieres of works by Frederic Rzewski, Dai Fujikura, Haris Kittos, Edward Gregson and David Bedford, among others. As pianist in the ensemble Gemini, he has recorded three albums with Métier, including works by Jonathan Harvey, Sadie Harrison, Huw Watkins, Philip Grange, and the first recording of Mandala 3 by David Lumsdaine. As well as Gemini, Aleks works with Lontano and the Continuum Ensemble.  He has performed in more than forty countries over six continents, and teaches piano, chamber music and academic studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he is a Senior Teaching Fellow. He has appeared on BBC Radio3, Classic FM, Channel 4, and also on Colombian and Lebanese television. His chamber music partners include Wissam Boustany, Ian Clarke, Philip Fowke, Leonid Gorokhov, Stefan Hoskuldsson and Jill Kemp.  He has also accompanied masterclasses given by Maxim Vengerov, James Galway and Elly Ameling. He is one of the few pianists who regularly accompanies from memory.

Qualifications

Aleksander was born in Southampton and studied locally with Olivia Lee, Kathleen Borland and Gwilym Stacey before being awarded the Wilner Scholarship to study at the former Trinity College of Music with Anthony Green and Douglas Finch, where he won prizes for piano, chamber music and composition. Upon graduation, Aleks was awarded several scholarships 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 2004 Vlado Perlemuter Award. He gained his DMA at the University of British Columbia, where he studied piano with Jane Coop and composition with Keith Hamel and William Benjamin. His doctoral thesis examined performance traditions relating to the music of Cornelius Cardew, and was supervised by David Metzer. Aleks is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In addition to his work at Trinity Laban, Aleks has guest lectured at the Royal Academy of Music, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Australian National Academy of Music, Monash University Zelwen School of Music, and York and Bristol universities. He is a visiting lecturer at City University, London, and external examiner at the London College of Music

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Concerto by Daryl Runswick live at King's Place, London
About Me

Aleksander Szram specialises in performing music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and has released several albums of contemporary repertoire on the Prima Facie record label, including the Piano Concerto by Daryl Runswick, Inner Landscapes (Douglas Finch), A Land so Luminous (Kenneth Hesketh), and the album Aztec Dances with the recorder player Jill Kemp. He has recorded for Nimbus with the flautist Wissam Boustany, and given premieres of works by Frederic Rzewski, Dai Fujikura, Haris Kittos, Edward Gregson and David Bedford, among others. As pianist in the ensemble Gemini, he has recorded three albums with Métier, including works by Jonathan Harvey, Sadie Harrison, Huw Watkins, Philip Grange, and the first recording of Mandala 3 by David Lumsdaine. As well as Gemini, Aleks works with Lontano and the Continuum Ensemble.  He has performed in more than forty countries over six continents, and teaches piano, chamber music and academic studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he is a Senior Teaching Fellow. He has appeared on BBC Radio3, Classic FM, Channel 4, and also on Colombian and Lebanese television. His chamber music partners include Wissam Boustany, Ian Clarke, Philip Fowke, Leonid Gorokhov, Stefan Hoskuldsson and Jill Kemp.  He has also accompanied masterclasses given by Maxim Vengerov, James Galway and Elly Ameling. He is one of the few pianists who regularly accompanies from memory.

Qualifications

Aleksander was born in Southampton and studied locally with Olivia Lee, Kathleen Borland and Gwilym Stacey before being awarded the Wilner Scholarship to study at the former Trinity College of Music with Anthony Green and Douglas Finch, where he won prizes for piano, chamber music and composition. Upon graduation, Aleks was awarded several scholarships 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 2004 Vlado Perlemuter Award. He gained his DMA at the University of British Columbia, where he studied piano with Jane Coop and composition with Keith Hamel and William Benjamin. His doctoral thesis examined performance traditions relating to the music of Cornelius Cardew, and was supervised by David Metzer. Aleks is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In addition to his work at Trinity Laban, Aleks has guest lectured at the Royal Academy of Music, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Australian National Academy of Music, Monash University Zelwen School of Music, and York and Bristol universities. He is a visiting lecturer at City University, London, and external examiner at the London College of Music

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Landscape III by Douglas Finch, with Mieko Kanno (violin) - live