Alexander Bernstein, pianist, currently attends the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tutelage of John O’Conor. Alexander graduated from Harvard University in May 2010 where he studied privately with Stephen Drury of the New England Conservatory. The San Francisco native began piano lessons at age 7, later moving to Walla Walla, Washington where he studied for nine years in the studio of Professor Debra Bakland. Upon admission to Harvard, Alexander began studying piano with Patricia Zander of the New England Conservatory until 2008.
After making his symphonic debut in 1999, Alexander has performed concerti with several orchestras in the US and Ireland, recently including the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, and Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra. He has given solo recitals in the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Germany, and Italy.
Beyond performing standard repertoire, Alexander is an avid devotee of new music, studying works of Berio, Ligeti, Ives, and Cage, among many others.
Alexander has had much success in competitions, and recently won 4th Prize and the Ita Stephens Beethoven Prize in the 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition and 1st Prize in the 2011 Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition.