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ALEJANDRO ESCUDER

ALEJANDRO ESCUDER

ARTIST / EDUCATOR

About me

Born in Castellón de la Plana (Spain). Graduated in Piano and Music Composition by the Higher Conservatory of Music “Salvador Segui” of Castellon (Spain), Master in Media Composition and Applied Music, and Electroacoustic Composition by the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna and Sociologist by the University of Vienna.

Alejandro is a ComposerPianist and Music Educator formed in Spain and Austria as a classical and contemporary music pianist and composer as well as in jazz, modern music and improvisation.

His catalog of works is very varied, demonstrating capacity to compose in a very wide variety of musical fields. Within them we can highlight his works for chamber music, electroacoustic, film music and video game music and sound design.

He has also conducted his own pieces, written and produced commercial music and Sound Design for Videogames.

His other two greatest interest are Sociology and Education, beside research in both fields related to music.

Biography

As a composer…

he has been student of Ferrer Ferran, Claudia Montero, Voro García, Reinhard Karger, Karlheinz Essl, Christian Mühlbacher, Johannes Kretz, Paul Urbanek; and he has also participated in courses and seminars given by important composers and personalities such as Anton Garcia Abril, James Horner, Hans Zimmer, David Newman, Héctor Parra, Toshio Hosokawa, Cristóbal Halffter, Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel, Beat Furrer and Georg Friedrich Haas among others.

His composition style embraces a large variety of music styles and aesthetics. He can be defined as a very eclectic composer, demonstrating proficiency in a very wide variety of musical fields:

  • Concert and contemporary music: Trance (Sextet); Paradigmen (String Quartet); Superb (Orchestra), Self-Destruction (Wind Orchestra); Arc sur Canvas (Cello+Electronics) Electro-Thunder Harp (Harp+Sampler), Continuum (Trombone+Organ); Pas de Deux (Pno+Cl+Vc)…
  • Jazz: Tekamolo (Big Band, 2013); Spanish Ballade (Big Band, 2016)…
  • Theater, Music Theater, Performances: Bahnhof des Lebens (2014); #NoWayBack (2017)…
  • Music for Film, Docs and Spots: Tagomago (2013); Running is our life (2013); Hide and Seek…
  • Music and Sound Design for Videogames: Adaline (iOS), Schools of Magic (iOS)…
  • Songwriting and music production: Game of Life (2016); I’m a Minister (2018)…

 

As a pianist…

he has been student of Agustín Martínez and Juan Carlos Cornelles. He has also received lessons from Brenno Ambrosini, Carles Marín, Carlos Apellániz, Basilio Fernández, Bogdan Kulakowski… Later in Vienna he expanded his piano skills, learning contemporary music and free improvisation with Manon Liu Winter, and jazz with Paul Urbanek.

As with composition, his experience as a pianist is very wide:

  • Soloist concerts in Spain and Austria
  • Accompanist of Esther Abrami, Violin; Lucy Zhao, Pipa; and many more…
  • Orchestra: Orchestra Klangvereinigung (Vienna); Orchestra of the Higher Conservatory of Music of Castellón (Spain)
  • Wind Orchestra of the Music University of Vienna.
  • Big Band: Nouvelle Cuisine (Vienna, 2016); Big Band or the Higher Conservatory of Music of Castellón (Spain, 2009-2012)
  • Jazz Pianist: Café Central (Vienna), Cafe Ferrari, Café Diglas…

He can be defined as an all-road pianist, who can play any kind of classical music, jazz, pop arrangements, and improvisation.


 

As a music educator…

he combines his career as a composer and pianist with his passion for pedagogy. He has been dedicated to music education for over 10 years, in which he has worked in music schools, Volkshochschule, as well as with over 50 private students.

He constantly tries to improve the quality of the music lessons and the way in which children and adults learn music through modern methods such as music integration, psychopedagogy, the use of Apps, E-Learning and new technologies, and other concepts such as the flipped classroom for theoretical subjects.

 

Additionally, he is a Sociologist by the University of Vienna and works as an Arranger and in Music Preparation for important events such as Hollywood in Vienna, the Lifeball, and more recently in the Tour of “The World of Hans Zimmer”.