Johann Strauss Jr.: Overture to Die Fledermaus
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor
Joey Alexander, arr. Kitsopoulos: Jazz works for piano and orchestra to be announced from the stage
Born on June 25, 2003 on the island of Bali, Joey Alexander began teaching himself to play piano at the age of six, using a mini electronic keyboard given to him by his father. Alexander’s father nurtured his innate gifts for swing and improvisation by taking him to jam sessions with veteran musicians in Bali and Jakarta.
When he was eight-years-old, UNESCO invited Alexander to play for Herbie Hancock during the piano great’s visit to Indonesia. At nine, Alexander won the grand prize at the first Master-Jam Fest, an all-ages competition in Ukraine, which included two hundred competitors from seventeen countries. An invitation from Wynton Marsalis led to Alexander’s United States debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall in 2014. Appearances for the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo Theater and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall followed.
Alexander is the youngest Grammy-nominated jazz artist, having received nominations in “Best Jazz Instrumental Album” and “Best Improvised Solo” for his 2015 debut album My Favorite Things for Motema Music. His highly-anticipated sophomore album Countdown showcases his remarkable development as an artist and a contemporary jazz bandleader and promise as a composer looking toward a limitless future.