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Thursday, May 8th, 2014 | 7:30pm | Arlington Music Hall


Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30

Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

   “Dallasite Alex McDonald…found a narrative, often sensuous quality… like a tale told around a campfire—that was further enlivened by McDonald’s natural charisma.”  Wayne Lee Gay, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

…a magnificent performance of the [Liszt sonata in b minor]. After the performance, I got a phone message from a famous piano teacher who resides on the west coast and had watched the live stream. She said it was the single best performance of the sonata she has ever heard. High praise indeed.” Gregory Sullivan, Theater Jones

Since his orchestral debut at age 11, pianist Alex McDonald has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has performed across the United States as well as in Israel, Canada, Japan, and South Korea; additionally, he has been a featured performer on PBS, WRR, NPR, and WQXR. Awards and fellowships include second prize at the 2007 New Orleans International Piano Competition; in 2013, McDonald was accepted to compete in the 14th Van Cliburn Competition, the first native Texas to be accepted in more than 30 years.

Dr. McDonald currently teaches piano at Texas Woman’s University. His private piano students have been admitted to Juilliard and Eastman, as well as the pre-college division of the Manhattan School of Music McDonald received his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance under Russell Sherman; and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard under Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin. His doctoral document, a source study on manuscripts and editions for Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, has been cited in the most recent edition of the sonata by Alfred Publishers, edited by Nancy Bricard.