McDonald, Alex


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Since his orchestral debut at age 11, pianist Alex McDonald has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has performed across the United States as well as in Israel, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and South Korea; additionally, he has been a featured performer on PBS, WRR, NPR, and WQXR.

Awards and fellowships include second prize at the 2007 New Orleans International Piano Competition and second prize at the 2001 Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition. In 2008, he was named a Harvey Fellow by the Mustard Seed Foundation.

Dr. McDonald currently teaches piano at Texas Woman’s University, having previously taught at Richland College as well as at the Juilliard School. Additionally, his private piano students have been admitted to Juilliard and Eastman, and have performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and on WRR. Deeply concerned about a healthy integration of life with music, he has actively pursued community formation as an R.A. in the Juilliard residence hall and as president of Juilliard Christian Fellowship.

Dr. McDonald received his pre-college training under Lois Nielson, his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance under Russell Sherman, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard under Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin. He has also received significant coaching from Pamela Paul, Stephen Nielson, Sam Wong, John Owings, Tamas Ungar, and especially his mother Marcy McDonald. His doctoral document, a source study on manuscripts and editions for Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, has been cited in the most recent edition of the sonata by Alfred Publishers, edited by Nancy Bricard.

Franz Liszt Les Jeux d’eau a la Villa d’Este
  Variations on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen
  Toccata in A Minor
  Aprés une lecture de Dante, Fantasia quasi Sonata
Franz Josef Haydn Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32
  Allegro moderato
  Finale – Presto
Frédéric Chopin Nocturne in C Minor, op. 48, no. 1
Toru Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II
Igor Stravinsky Trois mouvements de Petrouchka
  Danse Russe
  Chez Petrouchka
  La semaine grasse
Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
Maurice Ravel from Miroirs
  Alborada del gracioso
Franz Liszt Sonata in B Minor
William Bolcom The Serpent’s Kiss
Sergei Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, op. 30