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Alexander Wright

Piano, Theory, Composition, Songwriting
Hons.B.Mus. (Composition)
M.A. (Composition)


Alexander Wright is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He has composed for a wide variety of ensembles, including the tone poem Valkyrie’s Day Off, a commission from the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra, and The Shape in Grove Park, a commission by the Okapi Duo for premiere in 2019. Things We Did in the War, his first large-scale music theatre work, was premiered at the Remnants Graduation Festival in 2018. His string quartet Walking Through Walls, and Other Impossible Tasks, was premiered during Refugee Week at Stirling University by the Edinburgh Quartet in 2019. He collaborated with composers Seth Climenhaga and Travis Golem to write music for Maxie Liberman’s This is Not a Musical: The Musical!, which won Best of Venue and Best of Festival and the Hamilton Fringe Festival 2017.

He studied composition with Linda Catlin Smith and Colin Labadie, and holds an honours degree in music composition from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is completing a masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he studies composition with David Fennessey. In the fall he will be back at Laurier studying for an MA in Community Music and working as a graduate teaching assistant. He is deeply invested in musical outreach, having worked in a variety of student-led educational and administrative positions, and has a special passion for bringing modern music to the broader community. He has worked with students of a variety of ages, in both the classroom and as an instructor for community student bands and music day camp.