Alec HallCA

The music of Alec Hall is driven by the use of representational sound materials in order to create destabilizing musical situations out of familiar contexts. Located at the intersection of the absurd and the profound, Hall’s work is as aesthetically detached as it is politically engaged.

He has had notable premieres by the Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the JACK Quartet, ICE, Talea and Ensemble Pamplemousse. He has won six prizes in the SOCAN competition for young composers, and was also a finalist for the Jules Leger Prize in 2011. He was a guest composer at the 2015 Beijing Modern Music Festival, and the Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal recently toured his violin concerto throughout Canada as part of the 2014 Géneration project. Hall’s most recent string quartet, 28 Hours - a reflection on the police killings of African-Americans - was recently selected to represent the Canadian section of the ISCM World Music Days in 2016.

Principal teachers include George Lewis, Tristan Murail, Philippe Manoury and Fred Lerdahl, while he has also worked closely with Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, and Georg Friedrich Haas. He is the co-founder and present co-artistic director of Qubit, a New York-based group dedicated to presenting events that highlight new and experimental works with electronics. He is also an active violinist, participating most recently in The Art of Violin Playing, an experimental, evening-length work by Alwynne Pritchard, premiered in Norway in September 2015.

Alec was educated at McGill University, the University of California, San Diego, and also at Columbia University, where he is presently a doctoral candidate.

Alec Hall