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Alex Mincek


Alex Mincek (b. 1975) is a New York-based composer and performer. He studied composition with Tristan Murail and Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University (DMA) and with Nils Vigeland at the Manhattan School of Music (MA). In 2012 he was named a Guggenheim Fellow and the following year he received an Alpert Award in the Arts. He is currently the saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and artistic director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a group dedicated to contemporary music, which he founded in 1998.


Mincek’s music has been programmed at venues and international festivals around the world including Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Wigmore Hall, the Strasbourg Musica Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Festival Présences of Radio France, Festival Archipel in Geneve, Voix Nouvelles at the Abbaye de Royaumont in Paris, Festival des Musiques Démesurées in Clermont-Ferrand, the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD), Ultraschall and Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, the Contempuls Festival in Prague, and the Ostrava New Music Days.


Mincek has collaborated with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Recherche, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Janacek Philharmonic, Ensemble Cairn, Ensemble Linea, Ensemble XXI, Wet Ink Ensemble, SEM Ensemble, Present Music, Talea Ensemble, Dal Niente, Yarn/Wire, Mivos and the JACK Quartet. Mincek’s music has also been recognized through commissions and awards from major arts institutions such as the French Ministry of Culture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, MATA, Radio France, the Barlow Endowment, Meet The Composer and Issue Project Room.