Biography

Alexander Mayer is a German conductor and, since 2010, music and artistic director of the Ensemble Symphonique Neuchâtel. From 2013 to 2017 he held the same position at the Sinfonietta de Lausanne.

He completed his studies in church music and orchestral conducting at the Saarland University of Music under the instruction of Leo Krämer and Max Pommer. Master classes led him to Neeme Järvi, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Frieder Bernius and Stefan Parkman, and positions as assistant conductor for John Nelson and Donald Runnicles. In 2003, he won the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting.

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As the principal conductor of his own orchestra and as the guest conductor for ensembles like, most recently, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, the Zuglói Filharmónia Budapest and the Ensemble Vocal Lausanne, his focus is on evocative programs ranging from Bach to Sciarrino, from Mozart to Bowie. He actively promotes forgotten or rarely played composers like Ullmann, Gál and especially Frank Martin.

Alexander also regularly and passionately conducts projects that transcend narrow boundaries between genres. Current examples are two sensational ballet productions at the Basel Theater (Tewje) and in Lausanne (Beethoven IX with the Béjart ballet). A close artistic partnership connects him with soloists like Gautier Capuçon, Tzimon Barto, Geir Draugsvoll, Felix Froschhammer and the klezmer band Kolsimcha.

In addition to his work with professional orchestras and choirs, he is the first guest conductor of the Landes-Jugend-Symphonie-Orchester Saar (since 2008). He is strongly committed to music education and teaches frequently. Furthermore, Alexander regularly performs as an organist and chamber musician.