Alexandra Fol

(born in 1981, in Sofia,Bulgaria, resident in Montreal, Canada), composer, organist and conductor. A graduate of Boston University and the Eastmann School of Music, she is currently writing her dissertation in composition at McGill University in Montreal. She has composed over 50 compositions in different mediums, including two requiems, a cantata, a symphony, five concerti for solo and orchestra, “Cinderella”- monodrama for narrator and orchestra, and many chamber works. Fol’s works have been performed by one of the Tokyo Symphony orchestras, the Montreal Symphony, the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, The Boston University Orchestra, The New York Miniature Ensemble, orkest de ereprijs, Ossian New Music and the  Fromm Players, among others. Her commissions also include chamber music premiered in Carnegie Hall, two short film scores, cell phone ringtones for the Dutch Ringtone Society and various corporate commissions. She is currently preparing her participation at the First Athens Composers/Performers conference in Greece this November and planning a work for the Codes d’Accès ensemble in Montréal. Fol was finalist for the 2006 Gaudeamus Prize in composition, winner of the 2007 Leonard Bernstein Tanglewood Music Center composition fellowship, and recipient of two grants from the Canada Council for the Arts . Fol has premiered as organist and as conductor of more than twenty works by contemporary composers including J. Lesage, T. Grahl, N. Palej, J.A. Pamies, D. Pesca, S.Perkins, L. Iogansen, M. Novotny, T.Tidrow, E.Britton, J. Hartikainen, M. Georgiev, C. Goddard. Between 2007 and 2009 she held the post of Music Director at the McGill Savoy Society. Fol has resided in Montreal since in 2004. She works as composition mentor for the Vermont MIDI Project, Teaching Assistant at McGill University and organist at Sainte-Angèle Catholic Church.
Important commissions and residencies: 2010 Commission by Codes d’Acces for a clarinet Quintet; 2009 Resident composer for McGill piano performance seminar; 2008 Joint commission by ELGEA, CryptoSèmio and Yves Royer for a vocal work using Epicurus text; 2008 Commission for “de ereprijs” chamber orchestra in the Netherlands  for the International Gaudeamus music week
Cd releases: 2002 Alexandra F    ol conducting Leonid Iogansen and Pierre Max Dubois; Standing Wave Audio Productions; 2001 Marsh Chapel Choir Christmas Cd; Scott Jarrett, Music Director, Alexandra F    ol, organ Standing Wave Audio Productions; 2001 “Requiem” – Alexandra Fol in concert – composer and conductor, Boston University and MIT students’ orchestra; Standing Wave Audio Productions; 2001 “We praise thee, O God”- Boston University Marsh Chapel Choir in Concert. Scott Jarrett, Music Director; Joshua Slater, conductor, Alexandra Fol, organ.

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