Conductor and composer Alexander Prior has left a trail of music that stretches around the world, conducting concerts from London to Hong Kong, Copenhagen to Dallas. He served as an Assistant Conductor for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in the 2009/2010 season. Last year, he was awarded The James Levine Conducting Fellowship at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Centre in Massachusetts. Alexander's commissions for original compositions began at the age of 12, when he was commissioned by the Moscow State Ballet to write Mowgli, which premiered at the Kremlin to great international acclaim. In 2009, at just 17--an age most students might begin college--Alexander graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Distinction and two Masters Degrees (Symphonic and Operatic Conducting, and Composition). In Russia he was awarded The Order of The Blue Cross for his contribution to the national and international arts scene, and for his charitable work—bringing music and the opportunities it offers to countless people, particularly children and teenagers in the poorest areas of the country. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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