MEMBER OF THE JURY
From the upcoming season on, Alexander Mayer will serve as First Kapellmeister and Deputy Music Director at the Theater Vorpommern Stralsund/Greifswald. From 2010 to 2019, he has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ensemble Symphonique Neuchâtel. In that time, Alexander has successfully established the position of this orchestra on Switzerland's musical map, not least through appearances in renowned concert series and regular radio broadcasts. From 2013 until 2017, he also led the Sinfonietta de Lausanne to greatly recognized success.
Conducting a multifaced repertoire that spans from Bach to Sciarrino, Alexander recently appeared with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Südwestdeutsche Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino and the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana. He has collaborated with such acclaimed artists as Gautier Capuçon, Tzimon Barto, Jane Birkin, Ghalia Benali and Kolsimcha.
Alexander studied church music and orchestral conducting under the tutelage of Leo Krämer and Max Pommer at the Hochschule für Musik Saar. He has participated in masterclasses with Neeme Järvi, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Frieder Bernius and Stefan Parkman and has been assistant conductor to John Nelson and Donald Runnicles. In 2003, he won the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting.
Along with his activities with professional orchestras and choruses, Alexander is Principal Guest Conductor for the Saar State Youth Orchestra and regularly performs as organist and chamber musician.