Alex Burtzos (b. 1985) is an American composer and conductor living in New York City, and the Artistic Director of ICEBERG. His works, which bristle with "biting contemporary edge" [Berkshire Eagle] have been performed across four continents. Alex has collaborated with some of the world's foremost contemporary music ensembles, including JACK Quartet, loadbang, ETHEL, Yarn/Wire, Righteous GIRLS, ensemble mise-en, and many others.
As a composer, Alex is committed to pursuing artistic expression unconstrained by boundaries of school or style. His "riveting" [NY Concert Review] work incorporates elements of the 20th Century avant-garde, rock, jazz, metal, and hip-hop alongside or against classical/preclassical structures and sounds, justifying these juxtapositions with a great depth of musical ideas and extra-musical knowledge. Alex’s music takes as its basis and provides commentary on a diverse array of subject matter, from early colonial history to recent events, from Shakespeare’s tragedies to naughty text messages.
Alex holds a DMA in composition from Manhattan School of Music, where his primary teachers were Reiko Fueting and Mark Stambaugh. He is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Central Florida.