Vicente Alexim

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, clarinetist and composer Vicente Alexim dedicates himself to the performance of both traditional and contemporary music, as well as to writing works that explore a wide range of instrumental possibilities.

Noted by The New York Times for his elegant playing, Vicente is a member of Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble focusing on music by living composers. A winner of The Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, Vicente has been featured as soloist in performances of John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons in Carnegie Hall; of Richard Strauss’s Duett-Concertino at Manhattan School of Music; and of his own Concerto de Câmarawith the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira Jovem at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, as well as with the Orquestra de Câmara da Bienal at Sala Cecília Meireles.

The 2011 winner of Festival Tinta Fresca and the 2015 winner of the Robert Starer Composition Award, Vicente has received commissions by Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais and Contemporaneous, among others. His compositions have been featured in numerous music festivals, including the Bard Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the XVIII Bienal de Música Brasileira Contemporânea, and the XXIV Panorama da Música Brasileira Atual. His music has been performed by renown interpreters, including Contemporaneous, Ensemble Either/Or, C4, Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, and Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira Jovem.

Vicente is a Graduate Center Fellow in the music composition PhD program at CUNY. He also teaches at Hunter College and holds a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. His previous teachers include the composers Jason Eckardt, Reiko Fueting, Marcos Lucas, and Caio Senna, and the clarinetists Charles Neidich, Alan Kay, Cristiano Alves, and Paulo Moura.

“Impulses”
Performed by Contemporaneous
March, 2015. The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

“Shadows, Stains, Trails”
Performed by Vicente Alexim

“Gemini”
Performed by Imri Talgam.