Hailed as “clearly gifted with intelligence and musicality” by The New York Concert Review, Alexander Hurd has garnered consistent critical acclaim for his performances of repertoire ranging from Schubert to Ligeti.
A singer who often appears in recital and in performances of contemporary music, his recent highlights include a duo recital with soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Alison d’Amato featuring the Heine Liederzyklus of Marcel Tyberg; the part of Testo in Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the Buffalo Chamber Players; Aaron Jay Kernis’s Infinite Sky, Brilliant Sky, with the Society for New Music; the 50th Anniversary Gala of The Joy in Singing Award at Merkin Hall; a recital at the Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Japan; Philip Glass’s Songs of Milarepa as part of the opening concert for the University at Buffalo’s Center for 21st Century Music; George Crumb’s A Journey Beyond Time with Speculum Musicae; the New York Premiere of John Musto’s River Songs; Ligeti’s Nouvelles Aventures in Chicago under the baton of Ludovic Morlot; the premieres of Paul Brantley’s Rilke Sonnets and Karl Kramer-Johansen’s Askeladden in New York City as part of the Concerts In The Heights series; and Copland’s Old American Songs with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra under maestro Timothy Weiss.
Hurd’s recording of songs by John Musto, was released in 2009. It features twenty-four of the composer’s songs, including nine world-premiere recordings. Cantos, a disc devoted to the vocal works of Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, was released by Bridge Records in 2010.
He is the winner of the 2005 Joy In Singing Award. In 2004 he received 2nd prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. A Fulbright Grantee, he studied the lied repertoire in Stuttgart, Germany.
He earned Bachelor’s degrees in voice performance and history from Oberlin College. He received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Alexander Hurd has taught voice at SUNY Potsdam, The University at Buffalo, and SUNY Fredonia. Further information, including audio and video clips, is available at his website, www.alexanderhurd.com.