Appreciated for the sensitivity and integrity of his interpretations, London based pianist and composer Alexander Boyd enjoys an international career as both soloist and chamber musician.
Born in 1972 he made his Concerto debut in 1983 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yerzy Maksymiuk. Since his London Wigmore Hall debut in 2001 he has regularly performed there and at many of the UK’s leading concert halls, including London’s South Bank Centre, Barbican, Conway Hall, St Johns Smith Square, St Martins in the Fields, Birmingham’s Barber Institute and Cardiff’s St David’s Hall. He has performed throughout Europe and the US, also appearing at international festivals such as Yale and Tanglewood (US), Aldeburgh (UK), Banff (Canada) and Huntingdon (Australia).
The year ahead includes concerts in the UK and USA, and debut recitals in Mexico in partnership with Pro Musica. Alexander spent many of his formative years in Australia and frequently returns to give concerts there. This season his programme will include a premiere performance of his new composition “The Bride Suite”, based on the art works by his grandfather Arthur Boyd, at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney as part of their Resonate recital series. He will give further recitals in Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle and for the Bundanon Trust.
Alexander has composed the music for three films, “Galatea”, “Sogni d’Oro and “Art in Heaven”, and broadcast for BBC Radio and ABC Radio amongst many others. In 2020 he was invited by Steinway Pianos to join their international roster of Steinway Artists.
Alexander’s discography includes recordings of Chopin, Debussy and Schumann for the Abbas label, and more recently much of the Spanish repertoire with Claudio Records.
Recordings of Goyescas by Granados and the Iberia Suite by Albeniz were described by International Piano Magazine as “riveting, compelling and utterly haunting, full of poetry, technical virtuosity and Spanish atmosphere” and by Musical Opinion as “immaculate playing by this highly gifted artist. There are several rival versions of this wonderful music but none finer than this. First rate”
2020 will see the release of a CD exploring the “Fandango” for Brancusi Classics, including works never before recorded and specially arranged for the piano by Alexander. He will also record Chopin’s 4 Ballades and the 24 Preludes by Debussy with Claudio Records.
Passionate about teaching, he has given master classes in the UK, Canada and Australia. He is on the staff at the University of Birmingham and the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.