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alexander woods piano

Collaborative piano

Music education

Diverse styles

Professional Bio

Alexander Woods is a pianist and music teacher living in the Twin Cities, MN. A versatile and collaborative musician, his passions include art song, instrumental & chamber works, choral music, contemporary piano repertoire, and a variety of jazz and popular styles. He strives to maintain an innovative perspective in his performances, seeking out new and old works from diverse genres and composers.

 

Woods is a lecturer of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he teaches applied piano lessons, class piano, and an honors colloquium exploring music and gender. He also holds positions at Central Presbyterian Church (St. Paul) and Voices of Hope Prison Music Initiative, and has worked as a freelance pianist & vocal coach at UW-Eau Claire, University of Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the NATS, Schubert Club, and Thursday Musical competitions. Woods has also played with the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, Dakota Valley Symphony & Chorus, South Metro Chorale, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Orchestra, and has spent summers as a staff pianist at the International Cello Institute, St. Croix Valley Opera Summer Vocal Institute, and Borromeo Music Festival.

Recent and upcoming performances include concerts with mezzo-soprano Christine Amon (Fall 2024), the Upper Midwest Flute Association Flute Fest with Rachel Haug and Tim Lane, Source Song Festival’s MNSong Showcase with soprano Siena Forest, and a series of genre-crossing recitals with soprano Janani Sridhar. Woods also performs frequently at UW-Eau Claire, including faculty concerts, guest artist recitals, collaborations with choirs, and the First Fridays series. In January 2024, Woods teamed up with mezzo-soprano Christine Amon and composer Abbie Betinis to earn second place at Source Song Festival's annual Minneapolis Song Slam competition.

Woods has recently begun playing Argentine tango music with the Charles Gorczynski Tango Quartet and Orquesta Típica Kingfield, working in both contemporary and classic styles. His tango performances include a Midwest tour with Los Tangueros del Oeste (Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago), the Tango for Musicians workshop at Reed College, the Minnesota Tango Music Festival, and concerts at UW-Eau Claire, Gustavus Adolphus College, the Landmark Center, Berlin jazz club (Minneapolis), and Metronome Brewery (St. Paul), along with frequent milongas (dances) throughout the Twin Cities.

 

As a recording artist, Woods's projects include two CDs with flutist Tim Lane (Paper Route Press, Skyline Publications), an album of piano works by Ivar Lunde Jr, John Russo, and Martin Stepper (CRS, Inc.), and the Charles Gorczynski Tango Quartet's debut EP The Conservatory, which was featured in Minnesota Public Radio’s New Minnesota Music Round-up. The quartet's second album is underway for 2025.

 

Woods holds a master's degree in collaborative piano from the University of Minnesota, where he earned the Rydell Fellowship in Accompanying & Coaching. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in music and religious studies from Pomona College, where he earned the McCord Memorial Grant to fund piano study at several summer music festivals. His primary teachers include Timothy Lovelace, Lydia Artymiw, Genevieve Lee, and Ming Tsu. www.alexanderwoodspiano.com

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"I look at music not from the standpoint

of being a musician, but from the

standpoint of being a human being."

~Herbie Hancock

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