The Chopin for All Free Concert Series features Alex Beyer, a laureate of the 2015 National Chopin in Miami, Bronze Medalist of the 2016 International Queen Elisabeth Competition held in Brussels, and a finalist of the 2017 American Pianists Association Awards.
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Alex Beyer’s star is clearly on the rise! At 23, he is receiving warm praise for his performances nationally and internationally. In 2016, he received Third Prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and was named one of five finalists of the American Pianists Association Awards. Recently, he has been a guest soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Royal Orchestra of Wallonia, and the Irish National Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Milwaukee, Charlotte, Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, and Bridgeport Symphony Orchestras, among others.
Recent performances have brought him to Greece, Slovakia, Holland, Belgium, and across the United States. He received Sixth Prize at the 2015 US Chopin Competition. He was the recipient of Third Prize, as well as the Beethoven and Irish National Symphony Orchestra special awards at the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition. Beyer was a 2012 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
He has studied with Yoshie Akimoto, Matti Raekallio, and Melvin Chen. He is currently studying with Wha Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory, having recently graduated with a BA in Mathematics at Harvard.
In the summer months he attended the Killington Music Festival, Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg, the Saarburg Festival in Germany, and the Taos School of Music. In August 2015 he participated in The International Holland Music Sessions, and returned to Holland in January 2017 as a part of the "New Masters on Tour" series.
He has collaborated with conductors Eric Jacobsen, Stephane Denève, Marin Alsop, Paul Meyer, Federico Cortese, Alan Buribayev, Grzegorz Nowak, Constantine Kitsopolous, T. Francis Wada, Carolyn Kuan, Leif Bjaland, and Gustav Meier, and has regularly performed with Nicholas Kitchen and Yeesun Kim, founding members of the Borromeo String Quartet. He has performed in the Palais des Beaux Arts, Flagey Studio 4, the Irish National Concert Hall, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Paul Hall, Stamford Palace Theater, Weill Recital Hall, the New World Center and Woolsey Hall. As the winner of the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra concerto competition, he made his Sanders Theater debut in 2015, and as a winner of the NEC Piano Honors Competition he made his Jordan Hall debut in 2014.
Beyer has performed in and directed many benefit concerts for the Pequot Library, Project Learn, Music for Youth, Mercy Learning Center, and KEYS. A music history enthusiast, he established the lecture concert series “Sundays at 4” at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church and “Summer Soirees” at Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut.