Selected Alumni Bios

Dr. Alejandro Escuer

Alejandro Escuer (PhD Flute Performance, 1995). Dr. Alejandro Escuer is a prominent and active virtuoso flutist and composer. Composers from throughout the word have dedicated many pieces to him. He is also an noted scholar and on the tenured faculty at the Escuela Nacional de Musica of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He has been giving master classes and lectures in Mexico and the U.S. In addition, during a sabbatical leave, he was in residence as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in  2003 and is currently a visiting scholar with a Fulbright grant at Indiana University.

In 1999, he was selected to design and become a founding member of the first graduate program in music performance in Mexico. He has been appointed member of the Arts and Letters Board since 2001 (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes) and he is a member of the Consejo Mexicano de la Musica (International Music Council/UNESCO). In 1999, Dr. Escuer was soloist with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional for the opening concert that celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the most important New Music festival in Mexico. He is at ease performing with orquestra or as a soloist with piano,

guitar, solo flute, flute with electronics or any instrumental ensemble. Dr. Escuer has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a Rockefeller Foundation Award (1995), The National Interpreters Competition (first prize) 1986, 1987; The National Scholarship for the Arts 1989, 1991, 1995; Lederes de Mexico Honorary Award 1998, and several recognitions and fellowships from Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (1992, 1995,
1996, 1998, 2000).

As a soloist and composer, he has been able to achieve a highly individual reputation, constantly seeking to broaden the interpretive, aesthetic and acoustical capabilities of his instrument. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Onix Nuevo Ensamble de Mexico, a unique group in the country devoted to Mexican and international New Music concerts, forums and lectures throughout the year. Onix has revitalized the musical scene in Mexico with numerous premieres by Mexican composers and other international works that had never been performed in the country.

Dr. Escuer holds two bachelors degrees from Conservatorio Nacional de Musica and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He completed a masters degree in flute performance from Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam in 1991 and earned the Ph.D. in flute performance in 1995 at NYU.