Biography

“The silent star of the evening was conductor Alexander Mayer, who drew from the orchestra swelling waves of sound followed by the most subtle of expirations.” (Hamburg Evening Gazette, 23 June 2018)

Alexander Mayer, hailed regularly as a “modern conductor” by the media and praised for his innovative spirit and interpretations, has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ensemble Symphonique Neuchâtel from 2010 to 2019. In that time, he has successfully established the position of this orchestra, created by a fusion in 2008, on Switzerland’s musical map, not least through appearances in renowned concert series and regular radio broadcasts. From 2013 until 2017 he also led the Sinfonietta de Lausanne to broadly recognized success.

Alexander enjoys pushing through the boundaries of genres and conducting a multifaceted repertoire which spans from Bach to Sciarrino. Recent guest appearances led him to the New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana und Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with such acclaimed artists as Gautier Capuçon, Tzimon Barto, Jane Birkin or Kolsimcha.

Alexander studied church music and orchestral conducting under Leo Krämer and Max Pommer’s tutelage at the University of Music Saar. He has participated in masterclasses with Neeme Järvi, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Frieder Bernius and Stefan Parkman, and has assisted John Nelson and Donald Runnicles.

In 2003, he won the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting. Along with his activities with professional orchestras and choruses, Alexander is Principal Guest Conductor for the Saar State Youth Orchestra. He is passionately committed to musical education and regularly performs as organist and chamber musician.

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