The Notations Project

Inspiring the next generation of composers

Welcome to The Notations Project, and education outreach programme inspiring the next generation of classical composers in schools across the U.K.

Inspired by Pierre Boulez’s composition Douze Notations, the project challenges budding young composers to create miniature pieces – ‘notations’ – for piano solo, which will then be workshopped and performed by students and Artistic Director and pianist, Alexander Soares.


Aim

The aim of The Notations Project is to inspire young school students to connect with contemporary classical music through composition and performance workshop, to extend their musical knowledge and experience.

Workshops will have the following order:

  • Artistic director Alexander Soares will give a short performance of Boulez’s Notations and talk about the miniature compositions.
  • Students will then have the opportunity to write a short composition (12 bars long, or 30 seconds)
  • Compositions workshopped at the piano
  • The event ends with an open performance of the compositions

About


Following his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall, Alexander Soares has garnered a reputation as a pianist who combines “huge intensity” (The Telegraph) with “diamond clarity and authority” (BBC Radio 3). Rising to international attention in 2015 after winning the Gold Medal in the prestigious Royal Overseas League Competition – and his subsequent selection as a solo artist by City Music Foundation – he has performed in major venues and festivals across the U.K., Europe and United States, and is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3, France Musique and SWR2, Germany. Alexander signed with Rubicon Classics in 2019.

Alexander is quickly gaining a reputation as a leading exponent of contemporary French repertoire. In 2019 he signed with Rubicon Classics to release his debut album Notations & Sketches.Praised for its captivating programme — the piano solo works of Boulez, Dutilleux and Messiaen — the disc was selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Gramophone Magazine (May 2019) and received widespread critical acclaim for playing of “style and sophistication” (BBC Music Magazine), “virtuosity and exploratory curiosity” (International Piano Magazine) and “crystalline articulation and subtle dynamic expression” (SWR2).

Current and recent highlights include performances at The Wigmore Hall, St Johns Smith Square, and The Barbican Centre. He has collaborated with conductors Diego Masson, David Corkhill, Pierre-Andre Valade, and is a committed chamber musician, performing with musicians including Mihaela Martin, Alexander Baillie, and Boris Brovtsyn. A keen proponent of contemporary music, Alexander has given numerous premieres, and worked with Tristan Murail, Hugh Wood, Martin Butler. He has collaborated extensively with talented Portuguese composer Gonçalo Gato: Alexander recorded Gato’s solo piano works for KAIROS (CD release June 2020) and a new set of Études is forthcoming supported by the LSO Soundhub Scheme.


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