Alexander Mansour is a composer, pianist, and cellist from Los Angeles California. His music is fascinated with the lyricism of romantic expression, dramatic juxtaposition of disparate harmonies, and dynamic narrative structures.
As a composer, Alex is passionate about writing for both the concert hall and the screen. A recent orchestral work, Spark, was premiered by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in spring of 2021. He was invited to premiere a new commission at the Yale School of Music (2020) for the Norfolk New Music Festival. He has had two orchestral pieces (To the Light / Fantasy Noir) premiered by the USC Thornton Symphony, and was awarded third place for the American Prize. Alex also recently composed a string quartet, Memory Lane, for reading by the Aizuri Quartet. His chamber music has been performed at the Bowdoin and Atlantic Music Festivals. Alex currently serves as inaugural creative/composer fellow with the American Youth Symphony.
His music for media has been featured both theatrically and on streaming platforms. Most recently, he scored a documentary for director Patrick Creadon - THE LOYOLA PROJECT, which is playing on CBS Sports and in April, on Paramount +. Previously, he worked with director Robert Weide on VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME - distributed fall 2021 by IFC Films. Over the years, he has been recognized four times as an ASCAP Finalist in the Morton Gould Young Composer Competition and the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. Alex just graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music with a Masters in Music Composition, where he studied with Professor Donald Crockett. He previously studied with John Liberatore at the University of Notre Dame, where he double majored in cello performance and film studies.
As a pianist, Alex arranged and played for Arturo Sandoval’s Christmas album, performing with him at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2018. He attended the 2019 BANFF International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music, a program helmed by Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey and was the pianist of the USC Jazz Honors Combo 2019-2020. As a cellist, Alex serves as principal of American Youth Symphony, and has joined the New York String Orchestra Seminar for their Christmas concerts at Carnegie Hall. He has also appeared on NPR’s “From the Top”. He has studied with Katinka Kleijn (CSO) and during an exchange in London, Richard Lester (Royal College of Music).