Alex Albanese

Alex Albanese

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Double Bass

First year with SO: 1982

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Instrument: Alex plays a 19th-century double bass made by Gemunder, either in Germany or by a German maker who had moved to New York. Alex acquired the instrument when a 94-year-old retired bass player came up to him during an outdoor concert in Fort Myers and asked if he wanted to buy a bass.


Education:
Music Performance Studies at Miami of Ohio University and Cincinnati Conservatory

Biography:
After college, Alex came to Tampa Bay in 1982 to play a one-year position with the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony (now Florida Orchestra).  There, he met then legendary principal of the Florida West Coast Symphony, Grace Sexton, who invited Alex to play in Sarasota. Alex auditioned to become a regular section member and subsequently played about six years as assistant principal bass before moving back to the section.

Alex also began working as a freelance musician based in the Tampa Bay area, performing with the Southwest Florida Symphony as house bassist for Tampa Performing Arts Center for its three opening seasons. He also performed with Naples Philharmonic and almost every professional orchestra on I-75 and I-4, Seaside Music Theater in Daytona, nineteen different cruise ships, national and international tours, and one season with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Alex now lives in Fort Myers working as Operations Manager for the Southwest Florida Symphony.

Passions/Interests:
In addition to being a fine musician, Alex is a book-a-holic, history geek, and an avid poker player, having won entries to the Main Event of the World Series of Poker twice.

Career Highlights:
Alex gets to make amazing music with fine musicians.

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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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