Alex Mansour is currently a junior at the University of Notre Dame. He started studying piano at age 3, cello at age 6, and classical guitar at age 9. As a pianist, Alex has been trained both classically and in jazz, most recently arranging and playing for Arturo Sandoval's newest Christmas album (2017). As a cellist, Alex has appeared on NPR's “From the Top” radio broadcast in 2014. He was recently chosen to join the New York String Orchestra Seminar for their concerts in Carnegie Hall over Christmas (2016). He competed twice as a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2013, 2014), where he was first introduced to the campus of Notre Dame.
As a composer, Alex is passionate about writing for both the concert hall and the screen, participating in the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop (2016) as well as having works premiered at the Atlantic Music Festival (2017). He has also arranged and recorded original music for community theater and high school productions. He was inducted into the Music Teachers Association of California Young Composer Guild, in 2014. Over the years he has been recognized an ASCAP finalist in both the Morton Gould Young Composer Competition (2013, 2014) and also the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards (2014). His experience composing has resulted in working knowledge of Logic Pro, ProTools, Digital Performer, and Finale, as well as proficiency in reading music or writing by hand.
Alex would like to thank his teachers and especially his family for their love and support. He is very proud to be able to share his music with others, and is very appreciative of everyone who has helped him learn and progress through his studies.