“Alex Nante cultivates a music that is both abstract and organic, whose primary value is this fusion between the concerted shimmering of instrumental effects and the overall meaning and architecture of the score: musical time and spiritual dramaturgy then merge admirably in a frenzied race of about 20 minutes, which constantly sparkles.” Classique News, 4 September 2021
Alex Nante’s extensive oeuvre is characterized by a nocturnal and dreamlike atmosphere which opens the door to a spiritual world. Born in Buenos Aires in 1992, he has already firmly established himself in the concert hall with his works.
His orchestral compositions have been premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel and the Haydn Orchestra under Kent Nagano. Three major new works for the Orchestre National de Lille were heard recently as part of his residency: Sinfonía del cuerpo de luz, conducted by Alexandre Bloch and nominated to Victoires de la musique classique, Luz de lejos – a piano concerto for Alexandre Tharaud conducted by Emilia Hoving – as well as his second symphony Mystérion, for orchestra, choir, and vocal soloists, conducted by Ben Glassberg.
Alex Nante was a fellow at the Herrenhaus Edenkoben until December 2021, where he composed a new string quartet for the JACK Quartet. At the beginning of 2021, his string quartet Prima Materia was premiered at the Lucerne Festival with the Quatuor Diotima.
As the first recipient of the Prix Pisar – in collaboration with The Juilliard School, Villa Albertine and Théâtre des Champs Elysées – his piece A Subtle Chain will be premiered by the soprano Jodie Devos and the orchestra Les Siècles conducted by François Xavier Roth. Other projects include a monographic CD with Vanessa Wagner (Label La Scala) and a major work for soloists, choir, organ and orchestra for Kent Nagano and the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg.
Alex recently founded in Buenos Aires the vocal ensemble Terra Lucida of Vocación Humana, which he conducts. The purpose of the ensemble is to interpret sacred music of East and West, with the aim of contributing to interreligious and intercultural dialogue, as well performing regularly in hospitals and collaborating in various social projects.
In addition to Terra Lucida, Alex was as well the co-founder of Ensemble Écoute of the Cité Universitaire de Paris, Ensemble Awkas and Orquesta Amigos de la Nueva Música.
The Argentine, who is also trained as a guitarist, pianist, and conductor, has studied with George Benjamin, Peter Eötvös, Stefano Gervasoni, Luis Mucillo, Santiago Santero, and Daniel D’Adamo, earning a doctorate from King’s College London and degrees from the Conservatoire de Paris, the National University of the Arts of Argentina, Université Paris 8 and the Conservatoire de Reims.
The first major premieres of Alex Nante’s works took place in relation to his numerous early awards. These include compositions such as Fulgor, (1st Prize 2010 Daegu Contemporary Music Orchestra Competition, South Korea) Tres sueños lúcidos (1st Prize “Guillermo Graetzer” composition competition 2013, world premiere with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional 2017), La pérégrination vers l’Ouest (Orchestre National d’Île de France, Compositions Prize Île de Créations 2015 and Premio Nacional 2018) and Helles Bild (Sinfonieorchester Basel, 2nd prize Basel Composition Competition 2019). Several works were written in 2018 as part of the Peter Eötvös Mentoring Program; among others, the flute concerto de luz y sueño was premiered with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Two major commissions followed in 2019: Invocación was premiered by the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colón and Las noches de las piedras was launched by Ensemble Musikfabrik under Peter Eötvös in Cologne. Also in 2019, Alex Nante received the Prix de composition de la Fondation Salabert for Estrella de la mañana, based on poems by Jacobo Fijman – an example of the influence mystical poetry from East and West present in many of his vocal works.
His film music received distinctions in festivals in Spain and Argentina, such as the scores written for Sebastián Alfie’s The Kaiser of Atlantis and for Alejandro Fadel’s Murder Me, Monster.
Alex Nante’s works have been recorded by distinguished artists and ensembles. About his CD Le Fil d’Ariane, which is a juxtaposition of his music with that of Pietro Locatelli, made in collaboration with violinist Marianne Piketty and Le Concert Idéal, Le Monde wrote enthusiastically, “[e]ach score page of our young contemporary is a masterpiece of sensitive diffraction, as intelligently composed as it is deeply felt.”
Alex Nante received the support of Académie des Beaux-Arts – Institut de France, Mozarteum Argentino, Ibermúsicas, Académie Musicale de Villecroze and Fondation Banque Populaire.
His works are edited by Durand / Universal Music Publishing Classical and Éditions Henry Lemoine.
Alex is represented by Karsten Witt Musik Management.