Alexander Mansour is a composer, cellist, and jazz pianist from Los Angeles California. 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 (released in 2018). He performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in December with Mr. Sandoval. He studied and performed at the 2019 Banff International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music, a highly competitive program for young musicians helmed by Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey. As a cellist, Alex was chosen to join the New York String Orchestra Seminar for their concerts in Carnegie Hall over Christmas (2016), as well as appearing on NPR's “From the Top” radio broadcast in 2014. He competed twice as a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2013, 2014).
As a composer, Alex is passionate about writing for both the concert hall and the screen, having chamber music premiered at the Bowdoin International Music Festival (2018) and Atlantic Music Festival (2017) as well as participating in the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop (2016). His new orchestral work (“Across the Sea”) was performed by the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra this last fall. He most recently scored an AFI Feature Documentary Selection ‘Hesburgh’ (2018) while simultaneously interning for Hans Zimmer, and has had music featured on NBC broadcasts as part of Notre Dame’s marketing campaigns. His orchestrations have been featured in Netflix original content. Over the years he has been recognized an ASCAP finalist in both the Morton Gould Young Composer Competition (2018, 2014) and the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards (2014). He will attend the USC Thornton School of Music for a Masters in Composition this fall.
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.
HESBURGH Documentary (scored by Mansour) begins national theatrical run in theaters across the country, opening May 3rd.
“[A] thoroughly engaging documentary chronicle of the life and turbulent times of longtime Notre Dame president Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, whose tenure coincided with a particularly pivotal stretch of American history.” - Los Angeles TImes, Michael Rechtshaffen.
“A portrait of a man who can be seen as not merely blameless, but genuinely heroic.” - NY Times, Glenn Kenny.
“Aside from its wondrous use of historical footage and photos, the two best elements of HESBURGH are its narration and musical score. Maurice LaMarche makes the recollections of Hesburgh come alive in compelling fashion, while composer Alex Mansour applies a boisterous jazz score to underscore the fast-paced life and times of an international force of nature.” - Movieguide.