Alexander Voltz’s work takes inspiration from myth, politics and the historic, whilst also deconstructing and challenging the human condition. His music has been performed and supported by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestras, The University of Queensland and others. He has collaborated with musicians including Susan Ellis, Alex Raineri and Bradley Voltz.
Alexander was a winner in Artology’s 2015 Fanfare Competition (Sydney) and reached the semi-finals of the Bartok World Composition Competition (Budapest) in both 2018 and 2020. He was awarded The University of Queensland’s Prize for Composition in 2019 for his Missa brevis. In 2018, he conducted several performances of his chamber symphony Sontsovka across North Queensland. Alexander attended the Australian Youth Orchestra’s 2020 National Music Camp as a composition participant, and he is now engaged in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Cybec 21st Century Composers’ Program. His chamber opera, Edward and Richard: The True Story of the Princes in the Tower, will premiere in July.
Alexander wrote pieces for Brisbane Boys’ College while he was a student there, including his cohort’s graduation song. He is enrolled at The University of Queensland, where he studied viola performance under Patricia Pollett, and now studies composition with Robert Davidson as the primary focus of his Bachelors of Music (Hons). Alexander has studied with several other leading Australian composers, including Brenton Broadstock AM, Melody Eötvös, Nicole Murphy and Cathy Likhuta. Alexander also studies a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Ancient History/History and Writing.
As a violist, Alexander is an alumnus of the Queensland Youth Symphony and the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under several renowned Australian conductors, including John Curro AM MBE and Richard Gill AO, and has undertaken international tours to Germany, China and the United States.
Alexander lives in Brisbane, Australia. He signs his work as A. D. K. Voltz.
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