Conductor and composer Alexander Prior has established himself as a leading and versatile talent among the emerging musicians of his generation.
In the 2015/16 season, Prior makes his debuts with the orchestras of Cologne, Mannheim, and Graz, and returns to the Edmonton Symphony, where he has maintained an annual conducting presence since his 2013/14 debut. Other notable recent engagements have included the NDR Sinfonieorchester, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Royal Danish Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, Prior has appeared with the Seattle Symphony and New World Symphony.
Equally committed to the stage, Prior's recent operatic engagements have included Carmen with the Royal Danish Opera, La Traviata with Oper Leipzig, and Mirandolina with the Bayerische Staatsoper. His debut with the Braunschweig Staatstheater has led to a continued relationship and a re-invitation to premiere a new production of Rigoletto in the 2015/16 season.
Alexander Prior’s catalogue of compositions is substantial in its share of high-profile commissions. At the age of 13, his ballet Mowgli, commissioned by the Moscow State Ballet and first performed at the Kremlin Theatre in 2008, secured international critical acclaim. Other landmark works include Distant Calls for voice and piano quintet; Elegy in Memory of Ligeti for cello and piano; Horizons: An American Crescendo for four soloists and orchestra, premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Prior’s direction at the Barbican Centre; Symphony No. 4, Gogol, commissioned by the cultural committee of St. Petersburg for the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra and Choir; Symphony No. 6, premiered by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; and the triple concerto That Which Must Remain Unspoken for piano, violin and cello, written for the Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra.
A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Prior has been awarded Conducting Fellowships at the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood Music Center as well as the Aspen Music Festival. In the 2009/10 season, he served as Assistant Conductor at the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He has worked closely with Thomas Dausgaard, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas - at the New World Symphony - Nicholas McGegen and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos - both at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.