Spanish Piano Festival: Alexander Boyd

Event Date: 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Alexander Boyd (courtesy photo)
Alexander Boyd (courtesy photo)
British pianist Alexander Boyd will present a recital as part of UCSB's Spanish Piano Festival on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. The program will include works by Enrique Granados, Isaac Albeniz, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Frédéric Chopin. Admission is free.

About Alexander Boyd

"The audience was left applauding a superb recital which rewarded keen listening and stillness. First class playing, a real artist." - The Independent (UK) 
"Beautifully controlled, lyrical playing, I was left marveling at his consistently dazzling pianism" - The Australian  
Appreciated for the sensitivity and integrity of his interpretations, Alexander Boyd enjoys a career as both soloist and chamber musician.
Born in 1972 he made his Concerto debut in 1983 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk, and since his London Wigmore Hall debut in 2001 he has performed at many of the world’s leading concert halls and international music festivals. In recent years, Alexander has also given debut recitals in Belgium, Spain and France in addition to his frequent visits to Australia. Appearances there have included concerts in partnership with Musica Viva, performances on the Resonate Recital Series at the Art Gallery of NSW, the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Sydney Recital Hall, the National Gallery in Canberra, the Newcastle Conservatorium, and live radio broadcasts throughout the country.
2017/18 in the UK includes concerts at London's South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Australia House, Barbican, Cambridge University, St David's Hall in Cardiff, and the Barber Institute in Birmingham. He will also be giving chamber recitals with his brother cellist Nathaniel Boyd, cellist Richard Jenkinson, and he returns to Australia in Spring 2018 performing the complete Iberia Suite by Albeniz.
Recordings include works by Chopin, Debussy and Schumann for the Abbas and Chartreuse record labels, and broadcasts for ABC and BBC Radio amongst many others. More recently Alexander has begun a project to record much of the Spanish repertoire.  A critically acclaimed recording of the "Iberia Suite" by Albeniz was released by Claudio Records/Naxos in November 2016, and subsequently nominated by Naxos for a Grammy. "Goyescas" by Granados will be released in Autumn 2017.
Alexander has also composed the music for three short films, "Galatea", "Sogni d'Oro", and "Art in Heaven". They were shown at various international film festivals including the Los Angeles Short Film Festival and the New York Short Film Festival in 2014, with "Sogni d'Oro" also winning best drama at the Portobello Festival in UK.
He studied with Paul Berkowitz and James Gibb at the Guildhall School in London, and later with Alexander Volkov at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Passionate about teaching, Alexander teaches at the University of Birmingham and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has also given many master classes including at Cambridge University, Oxford University, Birmingham University, in New Zealand at the University of Wellington.