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Alex Fournier

Double Bass

With ensembles, projects and premiers in the Jazz, Creative Music and Contemporary Classical worlds, Alex Fournier is a double bassist with an interest in a vast array of musical challenges. Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Alex began his musical studies at the University of Toronto, studying his instrument under such Canadian masters as Dave Young, Andrew Downing and Jim Vivian. As well, he began studying composition under Andrew Downing and Phil Nimmons. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music with honors in 2011, Alex later attended both the Banff Creative Music Workshop and the SIM (School for Improvised Music) Workshop in 2013. Alex segued his time at SIM into a recurring internship (2015-16), as well as a position in the Peabody Conservatory’s Jazz Performance program. Alex since has studied both performance and composition under Michael Formanek, as well as serving as an ensemble assistant for both his small and large ensembles. Alex graduate with a Graduate Performance Diploma in Jazz Performance in May of 2016.

Currently based in Toronto Ontario, but still maintaining a career in both Canada and the US, Alex has written and performed in a vast array of settings; including Alex Fournier’s Triio (6tet), Money House (guitar trio), Gardening Club and Garden Party (chamber quartet/quintet), Xiodjiha (acoustic bass and electronics duo), and as a solo bass act, showcasing both contemporary classical premieres and his own improvised compositions.

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Jesse began studying violin with Sheila nearly 5 years ago, and has made steady progress from day 1. Sheila is flexible with her teaching style and is positive, patient and understanding. She challenges him, and always provides good guidance and advice. Jesse greatly appreciates that she asks him for his opinion about both his playing and repertoire, helping him develop his ear, self-confidence, and engagement in his learning. The school’s twice-yearly recitals provide us with the opportunity to perform together (with me accompanying him) – a special experience for us both.

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