Alexander Mansour is currently a senior 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 (released in 2018). He will perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in December with Mr. Sandoval. 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), 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, 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).
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) premiers and sells out at the AFI Docs Festival.
"He counseled presidents and popes, served on corporate boards and infuriated Richard Nixon. He was one of the only friends to whom Ann Landers turned for advice. During his 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame, Theodore Hesburgh became one of the most influential and inspiring people of the 20th century".