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ALEXANDRE

“Learning the piano is like learning the most beautiful language on earth. It's an instrument that speaks to us and allows us to speak through it in unimaginable ways.”

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about alexandre

Alexandre Marr enjoys an active and diversified career as a soloist, music director, collaborator, artistic director, and educator. Currently based in Northeast Ohio, he serves as Music Director for both Fairmount Temple and Church of the Western Reserve, Executive Artistic Director for Music from The Western Reserve and the CWR Concert Series, Assistant Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus, Collaborative Pianist at Kent State University, and as Owner/Founder of the Akron Music Institute, downtown Akron's premier school of music. Most recently, Alexandre was appointed as Music Director/Pianist for the 23/24 national tour of four-time EMMY® and GRAMMY®-nominated musical comedian Randy Rainbow. Alexandre is a member and pianist of the newly formed TRIO NOIR, a Cleveland-based ensemble with violinist Maude Cloutier and cellist Brendon Phelps.
 
Alexandre’s passion for the piano began at age 10 under acclaimed soprano and pianist, Victoria Auth. Following several Ohio solo debut recitals, he continued his studies with Gerardo Teissonnière of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Steinway Artist Donna Lee. Alexandre holds a Master of Music (M.M.) in Piano Performance from Kent State University.

In 2010, Alexandre won both the Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University concerto competitions, performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor with the Kent State Symphony Orchestra in 2012. He has performed in various masterclasses most notably under one of his great musical idols, pianist Michelle Cann. In 2019, he recorded and gave the world premiere of composer Rick Dailey's The Abacus and the Rose, a song cycle for voice and piano, alongside soprano Merissa Coleman. Alexandre's latest music video of Fauré's Élégie, Op. 24 with Colombian cellist Alexander Numpaque was featured by Steinway & Sons as part of their 2020 marketing campaign. Alexandre recently took 1st Prize alongside duo partner Greta Pasztor in the 2021 Gloria Artis International Music Competition for a 2 piano recital program featuring the music of Bach, Brahms, Bolcom, and Liszt. Alexandre performs dozens of programs per year, heavily involved in the vibrant classical community of Northeast Ohio, frequently appearing in recitals at Kent State University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, for M.U.S.i.C. Stars in the Classics events, and on member programs for Akron-based series Tuesday Musical. Most recently Alexandre was honored to be the pianist for the 2023 premier of composer Joel Thompson's new work Dark Matters for choir and piano, collaborating alongside Capital University's renowned Chapel Choir under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler. Previous collaborative appointments have included Akron-based Singers Companye under Samuel Gordon and the Cleveland Chamber Choir under Scott McPherson.
 
In addition to an active performance schedule, Alexandre maintains thriving private studios in both Akron and Cleveland teaching in-person and remote lessons to students of all ages and skill levels.

Alexandre holds a passion for musical theatre. Notable music direction credits include Songs for a New World on stage at Akron's EJ Thomas Hall in 2017 and regional equity productions at Porthouse Theatre (Godspell 2022, The Prom 2023). Since 2019, Alexandre has served as a Music Director for acclaimed vocalist and internet sensation, Natalie Weiss, collaborating regularly on feature concerts across the country, most recently at Chicago's Den Theatre in March of 2023.
 
An inspiring, in-demand artist and leader, Alexandre looks forward to a future filled with music.

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