Alex Robinson

NYO Associate Conductor

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Alex Robinson - NYO Associate Conductor

Alex is Nottingham Youth Orchestra’s dynamic young conductor who understands how to extract musical excellence from his players in rehearsal and performance. He has toured extensively with NYO and, whether performing here or abroad, he ensures the experience is rewarding and enjoyable for all.

Alex studied under the student conductor program at Manchester University with Mark Heron & Justin Doyle (RIAS Kammerchor), gaining a first class MusB degree. He then studied with Clark Rundell at the RNCM achieving an MMus in Conducting Performance with Distinction. During his studies he was Musical Director for the University Music Society's performances of Rameau's ‘Castor & Pollux' (2016), conducted Harrison Birtwistle's ‘Silbury Air' with the composer in attendance for the NewMusicNorthWest Festival in 2016. He has worked with postgraduate composers in various new music projects at the RNCM and with ‘Psappha'. Alex concluded his studies in Manchester with a performance with the BBC Philharmonic and soloists on the RNCM's International Artist Diploma (IAD) Program.

Alex has been assistant conductor to Sir Mark Elder (Hallé Orchestra), Sir Andrew Davies (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), Nicholas Collon and Juanjo Mena (BBC Philharmonic). He has also taken part in masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder, Johannes Schlaefli and James Lowe. He worked with leaders from Manchester Camerata alongside the RNCM Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven's First Symphony in December 2017. He was also Assistant conductor for Heritage Opera and the BBC Philharmonic's premiere of Alan William's ‘The Arsonists'.

In 2017 Alex worked with composer Samson Young on his Manchester International Festival (MIF) ‘17 project ‘One of Two Stories or Both' as conductor for the 5-part radio drama which premiered live on Unity Radio 92.8fm and subsequently on BBC iPlayer.

Recently, he has worked with the Allegra Festival Orchestra, Bulgaria, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonia, CR and will be working with the London Classical Soloists in August 2021. The Amaretti Chamber Orchestra announced Alex as their new principal conductor from the 2020 season. He has also worked with Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Lancashire Chamber Orchestra and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra.

Alex works regularly with professional vocal soloists and instrumentalists as a harpsichordist and répétiteur, performing and directing from the continuo, and has recorded an album with Lute & Viola da Gamba.