Alexander Garde

2018 Round Top Music Festival

Alexander Garde
Boxborough, Massachusetts
New England Conservatory of Music
Alexander Garde is a percussionist based in Boston, Massachusetts, studying with Boston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Timpanist Daniel Bauch at the New England Conservatory, where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Music Degree.

At NEC, where Alex is studying under a Presidential Scholarship, he enjoys performing with a wide range of orchestral, chamber, and contemporary music ensembles. A Boston native, he began playing percussion at the age of 4 before studying with BSO percussionist Matthew McKay throughout high school. Alex has performed in the Massachusetts District and All-State honors ensembles, as well as the NAfME All-National Honors Orchestra, and he attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for two consecutive years.

Though orchestrally focused, Alex is trained and experienced in playing drum set and musical theater. An active freelancer, he has performed with many ensembles in the Boston area, including as a section percussionist with the Boston Civic Symphony, substitute player with orchestras at Tufts and MIT, and pit drummer and percussionist in over twenty local theater productions. In February, 2018, he premiered "Small," a new work for solo percussion by the great American composer Joan Tower. Most recently, in May 2018, he placed second in the 11th Annual Modern Snare Drum Competition in Cleveland, Ohio.

Alex currently works with NEC’s Preparatory School as a student ensemble manager and percussion coach. Outside of music, Alex enjoys photography, biking, and skiing.