Alex Appel is attempting to narrow the gap between classical music styles and contemporary genres by both composing and performing works for live acoustic percussion with electronics. A native New Yorker, Alex is no stranger to the stage, having performed with large ensembles in American venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Adrienne Arsht Center, and Benaroya Hall, as well as internationally in London, Scotland, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, and China. He has kept his hands busy during the summer, participating in the Aspen Music Festival, So Percussion Summer Institute, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and Hot Springs Music Festival.
Alex has also performed with various contemporary chamber groups in intimate venues like the Secret Theatre and Silent Barn and organized an electroacoustic concert event entitled “Volt.” After winning the NYU Percussion Concerto Competition, he performed Philip Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra in front of the NYU Symphony. In 2016, he played in the off-Broadway production of the New York Times Critic’s Pick Di Goldene Kale, as well as alongside So Percussion in A Gun Show. One of the highlights of his career was performing with Mobius Percussion in There Might Be Others, a collaborative work for percussion and dance which received the Bessie Award for Outstanding Musical Composition.
Alex enjoys composing percussion music and has had multiple works performed by the NYU Percussion Ensemble, including a mallet quartet arrangement of Zedd’s “Clarity.” He was commissioned by multiple musicians to write solo pieces for percussion and electronics and premiered one of his own compositions in his Masters Recital in 2015. Alex recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from NYU under the direction of Jonathan Haas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Miami in the studio of Svet Stoyanov and Matthew Strauss.