Alex Cooke is a Master of Music student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Keith Fitch, where he is also the Composition Department Assistant. His music is characterized by a strong attention to texture and melody; it often draws inspiration from natural phenomena, seeking to invoke complex sensory experiences in a musical setting. In addition to his classically oriented composition, Mr. Cooke is also an avid songwriter, electronic musician and sought-after modern dance accompanist.
Mr. Cooke has received numerous awards for his work, including the Lily Dreyfuss Memorial Award for musical achievement in dance and the Flora Stone Award for achievements in the humanities and was recently named a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition for his piece Lac de Feu. For the past two years, he has served as the Resident Composer and Music Director for R.E.D. Dance Company in Akron, OH and has recently served as a mentor for Music On the Verge, a program for young composers. He has also taught at the college level, serving as an instructor for Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.
Mr. Cooke’s work have been featured by Case Western Reserve University, R.E.D. Dance Company, the CooperMorgan Dance Company, the City of Akron Summer Arts Experience and many other venues. Recent commissions include R.E.D. Dance Company, CooperMorgan Dance Company and the Moanin’ Frogs Saxophone Sextet.
Mr. Cooke graduated Case Western Reserve University magna cum laude in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theater Arts with a concentration in Dance. In the summer of 2013, he studied at the Fresh Inc Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin with Stacy Garrop and Dan Visconti, where his piece, Apricity, received its premiere by Fifth House Ensemble at the Music Institute of Chicago. He will also be attending the highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy in July 2013.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Mr. Cooke is an avid photographer and equestrian. He is also a trained weather spotter for the National Weather Service, an Amateur Extra class radio operator and is the administrator of St. Jude Children’s Hospital’s Facebook Fundraising page.
Alexander Cooke – Apricity
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano